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The Gaithers and southern gospel : homecoming in the twenty-first century

Author: Ryan P Harper
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2017] ©2017
Series: American made music series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Gaithers and Southern Gospel, Ryan P. Harper examines songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither's Homecoming video and concert series-a gospel music franchise that, since its beginning in 1991, has outperformed all Christian and much secular popular music on the American music market. The Homecomings represent "southern gospel." Typically that means a musical style popular among white evangelical Christians in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Harper, Ryan P.
Gaithers and southern gospel.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2017]
(DLC) 2016040698
Named Person: Gloria Gaither; Bill Gaither; Bill Gaither; Gloria Gaither
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ryan P Harper
ISBN: 9781496810908 1496810902 9781496823403 1496823400
OCLC Number: 957696714
Description: xi, 315 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Time present and time past : the Homecomings, 1991-1999 --
Between Jesus and John Wayne : constructing Guy Penrod --
Let's just praise the Lord : (a)politics of the Homecomings --
Preaching to the choir : Gloria Gaither and Homecoming intraevangelicalism --
Some work of noble note : the Homecomings in the twenty-first century --
Home boarders : Lynda Randle and race.
Series Title: American made music series.
Responsibility: Ryan P. Harper.

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Examines songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither's "Homecoming" video and concert series - a gospel music franchise that, since its beginning in 1991, has outperformed all Christian and much secular  Read more...

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