“Cosmic American Music”: Religiosity and Old-Time America

By: Joshua Kalin Busman (University of North Carolina, Pembroke) // In August 1968, California rock band The Byrds released their sixth full-length recording, an album of mostly country-western cover songs called Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Up to Sweetheart’s release, The Byrds had been primarily associated with two important musical styles of the 1960s. Their first … Continue reading “Cosmic American Music”: Religiosity and Old-Time America

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the “World Beat Dilemma”

By: Joshua Kalin Busman (University of North Carolina, Pembroke) // “Here's a world beat dilemma for you: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the world's great singers, but his qawwali music is intended for Sufi Muslim religious ceremonies in Pakistan. How can Khan … be made palatable to the general listener?” —Ron Givens, Entertainment Weekly … Continue reading Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the “World Beat Dilemma”