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Living the Life I Sing: Gospel Music from the Dorsey Era to the Millennium

Living the Life I Sing: Gospel Music from the Dorsey Era to the Millennium (First Edition) Alphonso Simpson Jr. and Thomas A. Dorsey, III, eds. Paperback; 180 pages, with illustrations (Cognella Academic Publishing) https://titles.cognella.com/living-the-life-i-sing-9781634875493.html By Bob Marovich Living the Life I Sing is a fascinating collection of essays from prominent scholars on the creation, development, and impact of African American gospel music. Although gospel’s acknowledged father, Thomas A. Dorsey, is the central figure of the book, he is not its sole concern.  The book covers a variety of facets of gospel music from its West African roots to today. A ...

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Groundbreaking Collection of One-Of-A-Kind Sacred Recordings Set for September 30 Release

CHAMPAIGN, IL & LOS ANGELES, CA (TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2016) — Archeophone Records (www.archeophone.com) today announced that its highly-anticipated book and CD compilation, Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph, 1890-1900, will be released on September 30, 2016, and made available via all major brick and mortar and online retailers. With 102 tracks—nearly four hours of audio—on three CDs housed in a beautifully illustrated 408-page hardback book, Waxing the Gospel is an unprecedented exploration of the earliest days of recording. It chronicles in words, images, and ancient sounds how tradition and technology merged in three distinct areas of recording ...

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Dissertation Examines Professional Black Choirs

Florida State University doctoral candidate Isaiah Rodriques McGee’s 2007 dissertation, The Origin and Historical Development of Prominent Professional Black Choirs in the United States, is a fascinating and informative survey of the spiritual and jubilee choirs that toured the U.S. and abroad. McGee focuses on the Wings Over Jordan Choir (pictured) and the ensembles of Hall Johnson, Leonard de Paur, Albert McNeil and Eva Jessye; and modern professional choruses, such as the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Moses Hogan Singers. Download the dissertation for free: http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/etd/2562/

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Not By Bread Alone: Gospel Quartets and Food Sponsorships in the South

In a fascinating article for the Southern Foodways Alliance, Carrie Allen Tipton tells the story of how quartets used to sing products off the shelves and into American homes. Harmony to sell hominy? http://www.southernfoodways.org/your-weekly-pop-not-by-bread-alone/ Carrie Allen Tipton writes and lectures about classical music, American popular music, religion, and Southern culture.

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Sit In, Stand Up and Sing Out!: Black Gospel Music and the Civil Rights Movement

By Bob Marovich Michael Castellini made ample use of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University, and the counsel of gospel music historian Professor Robert Darden, to write his Master’s thesis on gospel music and the civil rights movement. In “Sit In, Stand Up and Sing Out!: Black Gospel Music and the Civil Rights Movement,” Castellini argues that many components of the African American church and  church community, in addition to black sacred music, helped fuel the flames of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The thesis is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read, providing a great ...

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AAAMC “Why We Sing” Gospel Music Conference Footage Now Online

The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University reports that it is offering online access to interviews and panel discussions videotaped as part of the conference, “Why We Sing: Indianapolis Gospel Music in Church, Community, and Industry,” which took place on the IU Bloomington campus in November 2011. Also included are interviews with Carla Poindexter (audio), Kenneth Woods Jr. (audio), and Rev. Melvin B. Girton (video) conducted before and after the conference. To gain online access to the interviews and panel discussions, click here: http://bit.ly/1qnZicL. Established in 1991, the AAAMC is a repository of materials covering ...

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