Happy In The Service Of The Lord Provides An In Depth Look At The Development Of The African American Gospel Quartet Focusing Argely On Memphis Long Famous For Its Blues, Jazz, And Soul Music Kip Lornell Reveals The Special Contributions That Quartet Members Have Made To The Cultural And Musical Identity Of The City The Author Traces The Evolution Of Such Groups As The I C Glee Club Quartet, The Spirit Of Memphis, The Sunset Travelers, And The Southern Wonders From The Early S To The Late S Drawing On Extensive Interviews And Field Research, Lornell Describes A Unique World Of Radio Personalities, Quartet Unions, Fans, Promoters, And Singing Teachers What Emerges Is A Fascinating Picture Of The Complex, Multilayered Relationships Within These Communities, Enhanced By A Probing Analysis Of The Gospel Quartets Place Within The Larger Contexts Of Popular Culture And African American History Happy In The Service Of The Lord Was First Published InFor This Second Edition, Lornell Has Added A New Chapter On The Role Of Gospel Composers And The Importance Of Spirituality In Quartet Performances The First Chapter, A Survey Of The History Of Quartet Singing Across The United States From Reconstruction To The Present, Has Been Completely Rewritten To Reflect The Most Recent Scholarship Lornell Has Also Updated And Expanded The Book S Audiography And Bibliography
Kip Lornell is an ethnomusicologist and a professor at George Washington University He is the author of many books about music in American culture.
- 270 pages
- Happy In Service Of Lord: African-American Sacred Vocal Harmony
- Kip Lornell
- 13 July 2019 Kip Lornell