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Singing The Glory Down: Amateur Gospel Music in South Central Kentucky, 1900-1990 (Hardback)
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Singing The Glory Down: Amateur Gospel Music in South Central Kentucky, 1900-1990 (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 12/09/1991
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Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was one of the foremost photographers of the twentieth century, yet until now there has never been a biography of this fascinating, gifted artist. Born into a New York Jewish family with a tradition of service, Ulmann sought to portray and document individuals from various groups that she feared would vanish from American life. In the last eighteen years of her life, Ulmann created over 10,000 photographs and illustrated five books, including Roll, Jordan, Roll and Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. Inspired by the paintings of the European old masters and by the photographs of Hill and Adamson and Clarence White, Ulmann produced unique and substantial portrait studies. Working in her Park Avenue studio and traveling throughout the east coast, Appalachia, and the deep South, she carefully studied and photographed the faces of urban intellectuals as well as rural peoples. Her subjects included Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, African American basket weavers from South Carolina, and Kentucky mountain musicians. Relying on newly discovered letters, documents, and photographs -- many published here for the first time -- Philip Jacobs's richly illustrated biography secures Ulmann's rightful place in the history of American photography.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813117577
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Provides a much-needed antidote to the stereotype of the modern gospel singer as a slick, money-minded professional whose polyester suits are monuments to bad taste." -- Journal of Southern History


"Ranks as a significant study in the history of American vernacular music." -- Oral History Review


"The story of the rise, decline, and stubborn survival of the shape-note gospel tradition in south central Kentucky. Montell has tirelessly scouted out the many groups and provides a description of them and their musical world. An important study of a folk tradition." -- American Music

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