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Author Clawson, Laura, 1976-

Title I belong to this band, hallelujah! : community, spirituality, and tradition among sacred harp singers / Laura Clawson.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.

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 Talbott: Circulating Collection  ML3188 .C43 2011    Available  ---
Description xvii, 200 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Onto Sand Mountain, into sacred harp community -- The South: family and community -- The North: tradition, complications, and change -- Belief into organization -- Creating national community -- Going Hollywood.
Summary The Sacred Harp choral singing tradition originated in the American South in the mid-nineteenth century, spread widely across the country, and continues to thrive today. Sacred Harp isn't performed but participated in, ideally in large gatherings where, as the a cappella singers face each other around a hollow square, the massed voices take on a moving and almost physical power. I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah! is a vivid portrait of several Sacred Harp groups and an insightful exploration of how they manage to maintain a sense of community despite their members' often profound differences. Laura Clawson's research took her to Alabama and Georgia, to Chicago and Minneapolis, and to Hollywood for a Sacred Harp performance at the Academy Awards, a potent symbol of the conflicting forces at play in the twenty-first-century incarnation of this old genre. Clawson finds that in order for Sacred Harp singers to maintain the bond forged by their love of music, they must grapple with a host of difficult issues, including how to maintain the authenticity of their tradition and how to carefully negotiate the tensions created by their disparate cultural, religious, and political beliefs [Publisher description].
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-192) and index.
Subject Shape-note singing -- Social aspects -- United States.
Sacred vocal music -- Social aspects -- United States.
Folk music festivals -- United States.
Folk music -- Religious aspects -- Baptists.
Folk music festivals.
United States.
ISBN 9780226109589 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226109596 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0226109585 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226109593 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40019805396