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The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel Music Hardcover – January 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Press 1 (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879724978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879724979
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,048,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Cusic is Professor of Music Business at Belmont University as well as a writer and songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of many books on music and popular culture including Cowboys and the Wild West and Willie Nelson: Lyrics 1957–1994.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on October 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dr. Cusic is to be commended for doing an excellent job of tracing the chronology of Gospel music all the way from its beginnings in the Bible to the present day. The documentation is thorough. His writing style is easy to follow. Fans of Gospel music are indebted to him for compiling the pieces of the puzzle in this volume.
In the introduction he defines Gospel music. He breaks it down into various subcategories and describes the differences between them. In the first chapter he goes on to talk about the musical heritage found in the Bible.
Chapter two contains a history of early church music. He says church music moved away from the use of instruments for a time because of the association of instruments with pagan rites, the theatre, and the circus.
John Calvin and Martin Luther are two sixteenth century figures in the spotlight in chapter 3. Their theology that an individual could communicate with God had ramifications for Christian music. Chapter four discusses Luther as a songwriter. In chapter five we arrive on American soil and the story continues as we're told of the first seeds of Gospel music in this country.
This book is full of anecdotes of well-known personalities and the audiences they sought to reach. It provides coverage of a niche that has frequently been overlooked. Thanks to Dr. Cusic and other researchers it is now gaining attention.
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