Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel / Edition 1

Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel / Edition 1

by James R. Goff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807826812

ISBN-13: 9780807826812

Pub. Date: 03/25/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807826812
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/25/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Roots of a Musical Genre
Ch. 1Gospel Music in the Nineteenth Century14
Ch. 2Shape Notes and a Musical Tradition35
Pt. IIThe Birth of an Industry
Ch. 3James David Vaughan, Pioneer62
Ch. 4Stamps-Baxter: A Texas Gospel Music Empire81
Pt. IIIThe Emergence of Professional Quartets
Ch. 5Early Quartets: On the Road the First Time111
Ch. 6The Boom Years: Gospel Music Promoters and the All-Night Sings157
Ch. 7The Golden Age Challenge: Unconventional Groups and Songwriters201
Pt. IVThe World of Southern Gospel
Ch. 8Quartets and the National Expansion of Gospel Music223
Ch. 9The Emergence of Southern Gospel264
Conclusion283
Notes289
Index379

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