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The sound of light : a history of gospel and Christian music

Author: Don Cusic
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Hal Leonard edView all editions and formats
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The Sound of Light is a sweeping overview of the history of gospel music. Powerful and incisive, it traces contemporary Christianity and Christian music to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation after examining music in the Bible and early church music. From the psalms of the early Puritans through the hymns of human composure of Isaac Watts and the social activism of the Wesleys, gospel music was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Cusic
ISBN: 063402938X 9780634029387 142235024X 9781422350249
OCLC Number: 48557618
Description: x, 502 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Music in the Bible --
The sixteenth century : roots of contemporary Christianity --
John Calvin and the institutes --
A mighty fortress : Martin Luther as songwriter --
First seeds : Gospel music in America --
Isaac Watts --
The Wesleys --
The secular influence --
Give me that old time religion --
Black Gospel and the Fisk Jubilee Singers --
The great revival --
The Pentecostal and Holiness movements --
Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver --
The rise of radio and records --
The roots of Black Gospel --
The beginnings of Southern Gospel --
Black Gospel during the 1930s --
Southern Gospel music during the Depression --
Gospel in the mainstream after World War II : George Bevery [i.e. Beverly] Shea and Billy Graham --
Southern Gospel after World War II --
Black Gospel after World War II --
The 1950s and Elvis Presley --
Black Gospel and Civil Rights : Fanny Lou Hamer --
The 1960s : peace, love and music --
Gospel Music in the 1960s --
Southern Gospel in the 1960s and 1970s --
The Catholics --
Contemporary Christian music : the early years --
Contemporary Christian music : part two --
Black Gospel and James Cleveland --
Televangelists and Jimmy Swaggart --
Contemporary Christian music & the Reagan revolution --
CCM comes age to age --
Contemporary Christian music & 1984 --
The Christian culture in 1985 --
Marketing the movement : the recording labels --
Christian and Gospel music in the 1990s --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Don Cusic.

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The Sound of Light is a sweeping overview of the history of gospel music. Powerful and incisive, it traces contemporary Christianity and Christian music to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation after examining music in the Bible and early church music. From the psalms of the early Puritans through the hymns of human composure of Isaac Watts and the social activism of the Wesleys, gospel music was established in 18th century America. With the camp meeting songs of the Kentucky Revival, the spirituals that came from the slave culture, and the hymns from the great revival after the Civil War, gospel music advanced through the 19th century. The 20th century brought recording technology and electronic media to the table. Gospel music has developed with Christian revivals and the history of American gospel music is the history of Christianity in America. Gospel music reflects the American spirit of freedom and the free market as a Christian culture emerges in the 20th century, providing a spiritual as well as economic foundation. The Sound of Light presents gospel music as part of the history of contemporary Christianity. It is a work broad in scope that defines a music essential to understanding American culture as well as American music in the 20th century [Publisher description].

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