Close Harmony: History of Southern Gospel   -     By: James Goff Jr.
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Close Harmony: History of Southern Gospel

U Of North Carolina Press / 2002 / Paperback

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Comprehensive and richly illustrated, this book traces the development of the music known as southern gospel from its origins in nineteenth-centure-shape-note singing to its emergence as a vibrant musical industry driven by the world of radio, television, recordings, and concert promotions. Marked by smooth, tight harmonies and a lyrical focus on the message of Christian salvation--particularly the white gospel quartet tradition--had its roots in the late nineteenth century, when a number of music publishers issued popular hymnbooks. These publishers were instrumental in the rapid spread of schools and singers devoted to lively, easily sung songs designed for "Christian entertainment" rather than for use in formal church settings. With Christian music sales topping hte $600 million mark at the close of the twentieth century, this book explores the history of an important and influential segment of the thriing gospel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: U Of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0807853461
ISBN-13: 9780807853467
Availability: Available to ship on or about 08/27/14.

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Comprehensive and richly illustrated, "Close Harmony" traces the development of the music known as southern gospel from its antebellum origins to its twentieth-century emergence as a vibrant musical industry driven by the world of radio, television, recordings, and concert promotions.

Marked by smooth, tight harmonies and a lyrical focus on the message of Christian salvation, southern gospel--particularly the white gospel quartet tradition--had its roots in nineteenth-century shape-note singing. The spread of white gospel music is intricately connected to the people who based their livelihoods on it, and Close Harmony is filled with the stories of artists and groups such as Frank Stamps, the Chuck Wagon Gang, the Blackwood Brothers, the Rangers, the Swanee River Boys, the Statesmen, and the Oak Ridge Boys. The book also explores changing relations between black and white artists and shows how, following the civil rights movement, white gospel was influenced by black gospel, bluegrass, rock, metal, and, later, rap.

With Christian music sales topping the $600 million mark at the close of the twentieth century, "Close Harmony" explores the history of an important and influential segment of the thriving gospel industry.

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