SINGING IN THE SPIRIT: African-American Sacred Quartets in New York City.
Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, (1991). First edition - An ethnomusicological study of the black 'spiritual entertainment' tradition in music, this is based on field recordings and interviews with dozens of local New York singers to tell the story of sacred quartet singing in New York City's African-American church community, as it evolved from 'a cappela' jubilee quartets in the 1920s to the exuberant gospel quartets of the 1950s and the smooth contemporary groups of the 1980s. It formed a symbolic bridge between the rural south and the realities of the urban north. A publication of the American Folklore Society. Photographs, notes at the end of each chapter, bibliography, index. xx, 268 pp. ISBN: 0-812213319.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (as new).