By Robert M. Marovich
Marovich follows gospel track from early hymns and camp conferences during 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 family and neighbors of previous gospel pioneers--to recuperate 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 recognition 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. after all, 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