By Robert M. Marovich
Marovich follows gospel tune from early hymns and camp conferences in the course of the nice Migration that introduced it to Chicago. In time, the tune 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 kin and acquaintances of prior gospel pioneers--to recuperate many forgotten singers, musicians, songwriters, and leaders. He additionally examines how a scarcity of financial chance bred an entrepreneurial spirit that fueled gospel music's upward push to attractiveness and opened a gate to social mobility for a few its practitioners. As Marovich indicates, gospel track 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 potent 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