An Eternal Pitch: Bishop G. E. Patterson, Broadcast Religion, and the Afterlives of Ecstasy (Phono: Black Music and the Global Imagination #2) By Braxton D. Shelley Cover Image

An Eternal Pitch: Bishop G. E. Patterson, Broadcast Religion, and the Afterlives of Ecstasy (Phono: Black Music and the Global Imagination #2) (Paperback)

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An Eternal Pitch examines the homiletic life and afterlife of Bishop G. E. Patterson, the dynamic spiritual leader of the Church of God in Christ from 2000 to 2007. Although Patterson died in 2007, his voice remains a staple of radio and television broadcast, and his sermons have taken on a life of their own online, where myriad YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok users enact innovative forms of religious broadcasting. Their preoccupation with Patterson’s “Afterliveness” punctuates the significance of Patterson’s preoccupation with musical repetition: across the decades of Patterson’s ministry, a set of musical gestures recur as sonic channels, bringing an individual sermon into contact with scripture’s eternal transmission.

About the Author


Braxton D. Shelley is Associate Professor of Music, Sacred Music, and Divinity at Yale University, where he is also Director of the Program in Music and the Black Church. He is the author of Healing for the Soul: Richard Smallwood, the Vamp, and the Gospel Imagination.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780520387140
ISBN-10: 0520387147
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: October 31st, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Phono: Black Music and the Global Imagination