The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music (Cambridge Companions to Music)

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music (Cambridge Companions to Music)

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Allan Moore
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 3/13/2003
EAN 9780521001076, ISBN10: 0521001072

Paperback, 236 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

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.

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.