When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras (Music in American Life) (Hardcover)
Weaving insightful analysis into a collective biography of gospel icons, When Sunday Comes explores the music's essential place as an outlet for African Americans to express their spiritual and cultural selves.
"The beauty of Claudrena N. Harold’s brilliant When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras is in how it illustrates the power of gospel music to maintain its character, grow from its roots, evolve to reach new listeners, and spiral steadily upward in its call-and-response to new audiences who acclaim the uplifting spiritual strength and enduring beauty of the music. " --No Depression
"A multilensed view of a continually evolving and consistently vibrant art form. For gospel fans, music scholars, and scholars of African American history and culture generally." --Library Journal
"An in-depth history of African American gospel music." --Booklist
"When Sunday Comes is the book we’ve been waiting for--a thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of the impact contemporary singers, songwriters, and musicians have made, and continue to make, on gospel music. With this volume, Claudrena Harold makes a valid argument for scholars to look more closely at this important period in gospel music history."--Robert M. Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music
"A prodigious job of research. The author seems to have consulted all available print sources in addition to important manuscript collections and interviews. No book covers this terrain as thoroughly and with such a deep knowledge and appreciation for the music. I don’t think it would be out of line to describe When Sunday Comes as a labor of love."
--David W. Stowe, author of No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism