The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel and Christian Music

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002 - Music - 502 pages
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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. Don Cusic is the author of ten books, including the biography Eddy Arnold: I'll Hold You in My Heart and an encyclopedia of cowboys, Cowboys and the Wild West: An A-Z Guide from the Chisholm Trail to the Silver Screen. He joined the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University in 1982, teaching courses in the music business. He earned a Masters and Doctorate in Literature from MTSU. Since August of 1994, Cusic has been Professor of Music Business at Belmont University.
 

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Contents

PART
3
Roots of Contemporary Christianity
7
A Mighty Fortress
23
The Great Revival
103
Southern Gospel After World War II
187
This
198
Black Gospel After World War II
205
The I950s and Elvis Presley 2I7 Chapter 23 Black Gospel and Civil Rights Fanny Lou Hamer
229
Black Gospel and James Cleveland 30I Chapter 31 Televangelists and Jimmy Swaggart
307
Contemporary Christian Music The Reagan Revolution
327
CCM Comes Age to Age
337
Contempoary Christian Music I984
345
The Christian Culture in I985
353
Marketing the Movement The Recording Labels
365
Christian and Gospel Music in the 1990s
377
Conclusion
387

The I960s Peace Love and Music
237
Gospel Music in the I960s
243
Southern Gospel in the I960s and I970s
251
The Catholics
269
PART
270
Contemporary Christian Music The Early Years
279
Contemporary Christian Music Part Two
293
NOTES
397
Dove Awards
407
Gospel Grammy Awards
443
Bibliography
455
Index
476
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Don Cusic is the Professor of Music Business and the Music CDon Cusic is the Professor of Music Business and the Music City Professor of Music Industry History at Belmont Universitity Professor of Music Industry History at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of seventeen booy in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of seventeen books on gospel and country music. ks on gospel and country music.

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