The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Allan Moore

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

Cambridge University Press
Publication date: March 2003
ISBN: 9780511074851
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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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.
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The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music – Allan Moore

Unsurprisingly, the first chapter from a Cambridge University Press publication about these genres is named ‘Surveying the Field’. What Moore’s collation lacks in soul, it perhaps makes up for in correctness, but it aint the blues! However: nice tying-up conclusion featuring gospel and blues influence in modern day music.
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