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An Illustrated History of Gospel : Gospel Music From Early Spirituals to Contemorary Urban - Steve Turner

An Illustrated History of Gospel

Gospel Music From Early Spirituals to Contemorary Urban

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From early spirituals to urban gospel, this definitive guide to gospel music expounds in great detail upon the most highly praised but least well known of the influences to contemporary rock, soul, and rap Far beyond its immediate image of robed choirs, gospel - through its solo singers and quartets, its impresarios and recording companies - has helped to give voice to the history of black people in America as well as shaping more obviously secular musical forms such as blues and rock and roll.

In this compelling and lively study, the story of gospel is told against the backdrop of over a century and a half of social and economic changes taking place in America. Its history is traced from its earliest expressions on the plantations of the south to initial influences in churches, its movement into the mainstream of popular music, and on to its major period of popularity and influence in the middle decades of the 20th century.

Also featuring original interviews conducted by the author with many legendary figures of gospel and illustrated with gorgeous full-colour photographs throughout, this authoritative guide to gospel music covers slavery and spirituals; the 1920s and Thomas Dorsey; the Golden age from 1945 to the 1960s and Mahalia Jackson; the 80s and Aretha Franklin; as well as the urban gospel of today - including dance, hip hop, R&B, and more.

About the Author

STEVE TURNER is a performance poet and journalist. Author of several anthologies of adult verse, children's poetry and many rock biographies.




A great balance between interesting details and broad sweep of events. The different figures are presented with a sense of humanity and dignity, while at the same time acknowledging the issues that might have been seen as detractions. An underlying theme is the conflict between conservative establishment and suspect emotional, experiential 'grassroots' music. As always, the cycles repeat.

Sunshine Coast, Queensland


An Illustrated History of Gospel

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"a definitive guide to 150 years of gospel music."-- Vicksburg Post

ISBN: 9780745953397
ISBN-10: 0745953395
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 19.5  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.862