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The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

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Allan Moore, Jeff Todd Titon, David Evans, Don Cusic, Graeme Boone, Steve Tracy, Barb Jungr, Matt Backer, Adrian York, Guido van Rijn, Dave Headlam
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  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001076

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About the Authors
  • From Robert Johnson to Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson to John Lee Hooker, blues and gospel artists play significant roles in twentieth-century culture. This overview of these genres provides an expression of the twentieth-century black American experience. Histories are questioned; songs and lyrical imagery are analyzed; perspectives are presented from the standpoint of voice, guitar, piano, and working musician. A concluding chapter discusses the impact that the genres have had on mainstream musical culture.

    • Treats blues and gospel as integral aspects of a larger cultural whole
    • Considers the impact on popular music in general
    • Contains the performer's perspective
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    " important addition to literature devoted to the discussion of the blues." Notes

    "... [part of] new essentials for public, academic, and musical libraries, and they would enhance high school libraries as well." Against the Grain

    "...This fine collection of essays represents a particularly useful introduction to the blues for undergraduates...The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music effectively enables readers to understand the meanings of these forms of African American music and their legacy." -Yves Laberge, Institut quebecois des hautes etudes internationales, Quebec City: Journal of American Folklore

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001076
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 12 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Surveying the field: our knowledge of blues and gospel music Allan Moore
    2. Labels: identifying categories of blues and gospel Jeff Todd Titon
    3. The development of the blues David Evans
    4. The development of gospel music Don Cusic
    5. Twelve key recordings Graeme Boone
    6. 'Black twice': performance conditions for blues and gospel artists Steve Tracy
    7. Vocal expression in the blues and gospel Barb Jungr
    8. The guitar Matt Backer
    9. Keyboard techniques Adrian York
    10. Imagery in the lyrics Guido van Rijn
    11. Appropriations of blues and gospel in popular music Dave Headlam.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of American Popular Music
    • Popular Music as Text
    • jazz and civil rights
  • Editor

    Allan Moore, University of Surrey
    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).


    Allan Moore, Jeff Todd Titon, David Evans, Don Cusic, Graeme Boone, Steve Tracy, Barb Jungr, Matt Backer, Adrian York, Guido van Rijn, Dave Headlam

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