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Synopsis: 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.
"The combination of academic research and good journalistic footwork rounds out the book and makes it relevant to a wide readership…. Goff has managed to make the worlds of academe and gospel music a little more comfortable with each other in this history of southern gospel. He presents solid facts and interpretations that will please the academic community without abandoning the core beliefs of the southern gospel world."-- American Historical Review
Title: Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel
Publisher: Univ North Carolina
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Book Description The Univ. Of North Carolina Press, 2002. Soft Cover. Condition: As New. 394 pp. with photographs throughout. The author traces the development of the music known as southern gospel from its origins in 19th century shape note singing to its emergence as a musical industry driven by the world of radio, television, recordings and concert promotions. Laminated pictorial cover. Seller Inventory # 36145