The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

by Allan Moore

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The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music by Allan Moore

From Robert Johnson to Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson to John Lee Hooker, blues and gospel artists figure heavily in the mythology of twentieth-century culture. The styles in which they sang have proved hugely influential to generations of popular singers, from the wholesale adoptions of singers like Robert Cray or James Brown, to the subtler vocal appropriations of Mariah Carey. Their own music, and how it operates, is not, however, always seen as valid in its own right. This book provides an overview of both these genres, which worked together to provide an expression of twentieth-century black US experience. Their histories are unfolded and questioned; representative songs and lyrical imagery are analysed; perspectives are offered from the standpoint of the voice, the guitar, the piano, and also that of the working musician. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact the genres have had on mainstream musical culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107485617
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/13/2003
Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Allan Moore is Head of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Surrey. He has written widely on popular music and is author of The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Cambridge University Press, 1997), and Rock: The Primary Text (1993).

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