Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music

Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music

by W. K. McNeil
     
 

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The Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music is the first comprehensive reference to cover this important American musical form. Coverage includes all aspects of both African-American and white gospel from history and performers to recording techniques and styles as well as the influence of gospel on different musical genres and cultural trends.See more details below

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The Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music is the first comprehensive reference to cover this important American musical form. Coverage includes all aspects of both African-American and white gospel from history and performers to recording techniques and styles as well as the influence of gospel on different musical genres and cultural trends.

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Library Journal
McNeil, the former folklife director of the Ozark Folk Center in Arkansas, here goes beyond his core subject-American gospel music-to cover awakenings and revivals from the 18th to the 20th century, contemporary Christian artists, record labels, religious organizations, major song collections like The Sacred Harp, and musical styles (e.g., spirituals). Jacqueline DjeDje (American Black Spiritual and Gospel Songs from Southeast Georgia), Kip Lornell (The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to American Folk Music), and Charles K. Wolfe (Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky)-all familiar names in American vernacular music studies-count among the contributors, as do others from as far afield as England and Sweden. The 400-plus signed, two-column A-Z articles range from a few paragraphs to several pages in length; the treatment is straightforward, with evaluative comments supported with quotations and citations to other authorities. Brief bibliographies (including historical and current print titles), Internet sites, and selective discographies accompany most entries. Twenty representative photographs, an exhaustive index, and useful See Also references complement the text. Bottom Line Despite a few curious omissions (e.g., Bill and Gloria Gaither, whose impact on gospel music since the 1960s is extensive) and a lack of cross references within the body of the text, McNeil's title will likely become the definitive work on the subject and fills a gap in a field that has had only sporadic reference documentation (e.g., Robert Anderson and Gail North's Gospel Music Encyclopedia, 1979; Sherry and Herbert Du Pree's African-American Good News (Gospel) Music, 1993). McNeil died in April 2005 at age 64; this encyclopedia is a fitting tribute to his devotion to the cause of American traditional music and is recommended for all libraries.-Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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'The treatment is straightforward ... McNeil's title will likely become the definitive work on the subject and fills a gap in a field that has had only sporadic reference documentation ... Recommended for all libraries.' - Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135377076
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/18/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
File size:
7 MB

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