The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music

Synopsis

From Robert Johnson to Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson to John Lee Hooker, blues and gospel artists play significant roles in twentieth-century culture. This overview of these genres provides an expression of the twentieth-century black American experience. Histories are questioned; songs and lyrical imagery are analyzed; perspectives are presented from the standpoint of voice, guitar, piano, and working musician. A concluding chapter discusses the impact that the genres have had on mainstream musical culture.
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