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Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music

1st Edition

Edited by W. K. McNeil


514 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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The Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music is the first comprehensive reference to cover this important American musical form. Coverage includes all aspects of both African-American and white gospel from history and performers to recording techniques and styles as well as the influence of gospel on different musical genres and cultural trends.


'The treatment is straightforward … McNeil's title will likely become the definitive work on the subject and fills a gap in a field that has had only sporadic reference documentation … Recommended for all libraries.' - Library Journal

About the Editor

Dr. William K. McNeil, a historian with a Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies, has been the folklorist at the Ozark folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, since 1976. Dr. McNeil has also worked for the Smithsonian Institution and the Office of State History in Albany, NY. In 1995, he was elected to the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.

Dr. McNeil has writen sixteen books and contributed to many publications as an editor, columnist, or reviewer. He has also produced thirty-six recordings dealing with folk, popular, country, and gospel music. His Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Religious / Gospel
MUSIC / Reference