The School of Arizona Dranes

The School of Arizona Dranes : Gospel Music Pioneer

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Arizona Dranes (1889-1963) was a true musical innovator whose recordings made for the Okeh label during the years 1926-1928 helped lay the foundations for what would soon be known as gospel music. The School of Arizona Dranes: Gospel Music Pioneer covers the life and career of Dranes and situates her accomplishments in the broader history of African American gospel music and the rise of the Pentecostal more

Product details

  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073916712X
  • 9780739167120

Review quote

At long last a scholarly book on Texas-born blind pianist and singer Juanita "Arizona" Dranes who was greatly encouraged to record her music by founding Church of God in Christ Evangelist Bishop Samuel M. Crouch. She first recorded in Chicago during the late 1920s where she left her indelible signature on the primal development of modern-day gospel piano. -- Opal Louis Nations, Gospel musicologist and music producer The School of Arizona Dranes: Gospel Music Pioneer lovingly frames the life of an extraordinary blind, southern, black singer who introduced the "gospel beat" and the percussive use of voice in her performances. As a Pentecostal singer in the Church of God in Christ, Dranes created an ecstatic, sensuous sound that shaped both modern gospel music and rock and roll. Since his discovery of Arizona Dranes's music as a 19-year-old student at Swarthmore College 37 years ago, Timothy Dodge has been on a mission to learn about the singer's life and to honor her contributions to American music and religion. The School of Arizona Dranes: Gospel Music Pioneer is a timeless study that captures both Dranes and her musical legacy with grace and beauty. -- William Ferris, University of Mississippishow more

About Timothy Dodge

Timothy Dodge is a reference librarian at Auburn University with prior experience at the University of New Hampshire and Barry University. Since 1970 he has been a collector of rhythm and blues, African American gospel, and related genres of music. Dodge has been hosting the Golden Oldies show on WEGL - Auburn, Ala. FM 91.1 since more

Table of contents

Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Arizona Dranes: Her Life and her Work Chapter 3: The Pentecostal Church and Black Sacred Music Chapter 4: The Role of Women in the Pentecostal Church Chapter 5: Early Twentieth-Century Black Sacred Music and the Recording Industry Chapter 6: The School of Arizona Dranes Chapter 7: Conclusionshow more