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Close Harmony

A History of Southern Gospel

James R. Goff Jr. (author)

ISBN: 9780807853467

Publication Date: Mar 2002

Format: Paperback

Traces the development of the music known as "southern gospel" from its antebellum origins to its 20th-century emergence as a vibrant musical industry driven by radio, television, recording and concert promotion. The book is filled with stories of groups and artists, and is illustrated throughout.
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This volume traces the development of the music known as "southern gospel" from its antebellum origins to its 20th-century emergence as a vibrant musical industry driven by the world of radio, television, recording 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 19th-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 in the States at the close of the 20th century, the book explores the history of an important and influential segment of the thriving gospel industry.
Language English
Pages 416
Dimensions 235 x 156
Date Published 31 Mar 2002
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Social & cultural anthropology   Sacred & religious music  
JAMES R. GOFF JR. is professor of history at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He also serves as the chief historical consultant for the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and is a regular columnist for Singing News magazine.

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