More Than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music

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Michael P. Graves, David Fillingim
Mercer University Press, 2004 - Music - 310 pages
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-Scott Tucker, looks at the theme of "heaven" in six of the Gaither Homecoming songbooks
- David Fillingim looks at how Southern Gospel Music answers the question of theodicy from the perspective of the rural, white, working class
- Robert M. McManus explores selected song lyrics to show how Southern Gospel Music helps construct the identity of the community compared to Contemporary Christian Music
- Darlene R. Graves identifies key sustaining personality strengths of women that tend to preserve consistency between their public performance and personal spiritual walk
- Elizabeth E Desnoyers-Colas and Stephanie Howard (Asabi) explore Southern Gospel and Black Gospel music, through the influence of Thomas A. Dorsey
- Michael Graves examines how the culture of Southern Gospel Music deals with its inevitable prodigal sons
- Raymond D.S. Anderson analyzes the Gaither Homecoming videos as examples of the postmodern turn in American popular Christian culture
- John D. Keeler presents the first audience study of southern Gospel Music employing a "Uses and Gratifications" research framework
- Paul A. Creasman examines the ways Southern Gospel Music as a culture memorializes its dead by use of the Internet
- Naaman Wood reviews significant scholarly approaches to the study of popular music.
 

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Michael P. Graves is Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication, Liberty University. He co-edited More Than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music. He lives in Forest, Virginia.

David Fillingim is the author of Redneck Liberation: Country Music as Theology and Extreme Virtues: Living on the Prophetic Edge, and editor, with Michael Graves, of More than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music, which won the Popular Culture Association's 2005 Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture Studies.

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