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Close Harmony: History of Southern Gospel

Author: James Goff Jr.
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       Comprehensive and richly illustrated, this book traces the development of the music known as southern gospel from its origins in nineteenth-centure-shape-note singing to its emergence as a vibrant musical industry driven by the world of radio, television, recordings, and concert promotions. Marked by smooth, tight harmonies and a lyrical focus on the message of Christian salvation--particularly the white gospel quartet tradition--had its roots in the late nineteenth century, when a number of music publishers issued popular hymnbooks. These publishers were instrumental in the rapid spread of schools and singers devoted to lively, easily sung songs designed for 'Christian entertainment' rather than for use in formal church settings. With Christian music sales topping hte $600 million mark at the close of the twentieth century, this book explores the history of an important and influential segment of the thriing gospel.

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