The Rise of Gospel Blues: The Music of Thomas Andrew Dorsey in the Urban Church / Edition 1

The Rise of Gospel Blues: The Music of Thomas Andrew Dorsey in the Urban Church / Edition 1

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by Michael W. Harris
     
 

Most observers believe that gospel music has been sung in African American churches since their organization in the late 1800s. Yet nothing could be further from the truth, as Michael W. Harris's history reveals. Working through the blues and gospel movement. Harris reconstructs the rise of gospel blues within the context of early twentieth century African American… See more details below

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Most observers believe that gospel music has been sung in African American churches since their organization in the late 1800s. Yet nothing could be further from the truth, as Michael W. Harris's history reveals. Working through the blues and gospel movement. Harris reconstructs the rise of gospel blues within the context of early twentieth century African American cultural history.

After a nervous breakdown and a subsequent religious conversion in 1928. Dorsey began to write gospel songs with blues accompaniments. His introduction of these "goals" into Chicago's Afro-Baptist churches during the 1930s stirred clashes between recently arrived southern migrants who felt comforted by the new spirituals and old-line members who dismissed the songs as sacrilegious echoes of the slave past. After years of writing and publishing hudnreds of "songs with a message"-- such as "Take My Hand", "Precious Lord", and "There Will Be Peace in the Valley"-- and training gospel singers such as Mahalia Jackson, Dorsey had earned the title of "father" of gospel blues by the early 1940s. Delving into the life of the most prominent person in the advent of the gospel song movement. Harris illuminates not only the evolution of this popular musical form, but also the thought and social forces that forged the culture in which this music was shaped.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195090574
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Music Examples
Introduction
1Religion and Blackness in Rural Georgia: 1899-19083
2Music, Literacy, and Society in Atlanta: 1910-191626
3Blues--From "Lowdown" to "Jass": 1921-192347
4Blues--From "Jass" to "Lowdown": 1924-192867
5Old-Line Religion and Musicians: 1920-193091
6Old-Line Religion and Urban Migrants: 1920-1930117
7Preachers and Bluesmen: 1928-1931151
8The Emergence of Gospel Blues: 1931-1932180
9Giving the Gospel a Blues Voice: 1932209
10A Place for Gospel Blues in Old-Line Religion: 1932-1937241
Notes273
Bibliography307
Index317

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