"Cobb presents a thoroughly researched 'inside' view of the performance practice and cultural context of Sacred Harp folk. The media that severed Americans from oral tradition and developed a national culture at the expense of indigenous local practice has induced a rootless and nostalgia-seeking generation to return 'home' to warm themselves in the glow of traditional community singing."
"This volume studies a southern musical tradition less well known than jazz but equally important, and emphasizes that [Sacred Harp] represents a social experience as well as a musical one for its participants."
"To Buell Cobb and the University of Georgia Press goes the gratitude of fasola singers throughout the nation for their printing of this significant volume."
—Southwestern Journal of Theology
"An ‘inside’ history of the movement . . . Cobb describes in detail the tradition as a whole, its music, its early history, the editions of The Sacred Harp, and the rise and decline of the big singing conventions."
—American Historical Review
"[A] definitive history . . . Buell Cobb is an authority on Sacred Harp and an enthusiastic member of the singing community."
"Cobb's study deserves to be included on the growing bookshelf of American musical studies. We are, perhaps, past the time when we can give Sacred Harp singing the recognition it deserves. Cobb has adequately preserved much of the meaning of that music in the lives of those who sang it."
"Cobb's study aims at a comprehensive presentation of the contents, history, and use of The Sacred Harp. He slights no aspect of the book and in many areas makes contributions that are fresh and important. . . . One of the few authoritative studies of a southern vernacular institution."
—Journal of Southern History
Illustrated with forty-one songs from the original songbook, The Sacred Harp is a comprehensive account of a unique form of folk music. Buell Cobb’s study encompasses the history of the songbook itself, an analysis of the music, and an intimate portrait of the singers who have kept alive a truly American tradition.
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