By Robert M. Marovich
Marovich follows gospel song from early hymns and camp conferences in the course of the nice Migration that introduced it to Chicago. In time, the song grew into the sanctified soundtrack of the city's mainline black Protestant church buildings. as well as drawing on print media and ephemera, Marovich mines hours of interviews with approximately fifty artists, ministers, and historians--as good as discussions with relations and associates of prior gospel pioneers--to get well many forgotten singers, musicians, songwriters, and leaders. He additionally examines how an absence of monetary chance bred an entrepreneurial spirit that fueled gospel music's upward push to acceptance and opened a gate to social mobility for a few its practitioners. As Marovich indicates, gospel song expressed a craving for freedom from earthly pains, racial prejudice, and life's hardships. in spite of everything, it proved to be a valid too strong and too joyous for even church partitions to hold.
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A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (Music in American Life) by Robert M. Marovich