Following are some of the resources on gospel music that we’ve found to be well researched and informative.

Recommended Books on Gospel Music & History

The Golden Age of Gospel: Music in American Life by Horace Clarence Boyer (2000, First Illinois Press)

Uncloudy Day: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia by Bil Carpenter

People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music by Robert Darden (2004, Continuum International Publishing Group)

Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit: 101 Best-Loved Psalms, Gospel Hymns And Spiritual Songs Of The African American Church by Gwendolin Sims Warren (1997, Henry Holt)

Slave Songs of the United States, compiled by William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, and Lucy McKim Garrison (originally published in 1867; reprinted by Applewood Books–interestingly, the cover photo is from the New Hampshire Historical Society, an indication that gospel music does have a history in New England)

Recommended Web Sites

  • www.negrospirituals.com — a comprehensive site dedicated to the history and musicology of the Negro spiritual.
  • www.gmwa.org — the Gospel Music Workshop of America, founded by James Cleveland

Recommended Gospel CDs

  • The Essential Mahalia Jackson (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Great Gospel Women, Volumes 1 and 2 (Shanachie)
  • When Gospel Was Gospel (Shanachie)
  • Mavis Staples, Have a Little Faith (Alligator)
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama, Atom Bomb (Real World)
  • Heaven Bound: The Best of Bluegrass Gospel (Time Warner)
  • The Davis Sisters, 1949–1952
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack (Mercury)
  • The Ladykillers soundtrack (Sony)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Decca)
  • Precious Lord: The Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic)
  • The Best of the Dixie Hummingbirds (20th Century Masters Millenium Collection)