By Robert M. Marovich
Marovich follows gospel song from early hymns and camp conferences during 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 family members and neighbors of prior gospel pioneers--to get well 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 acceptance and opened a gate to social mobility for a few its practitioners. As Marovich indicates, gospel track expressed a longing for freedom from earthly pains, racial prejudice, and life's hardships. in any case, it proved to be a valid too potent and too joyous for even church partitions to hold.
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