A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music by Robert M. Marovich

By Robert M. Marovich

In A urban referred to as Heaven, gospel announcer and tune historian Robert Marovich shines a mild at the humble origins of an imposing style and its crucial bond to town the place it stumbled on its voice: Chicago.


Marovich follows gospel track 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 previous gospel pioneers--to get better 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 reputation and opened a gate to social mobility for a couple of its practitioners. As Marovich indicates, gospel song expressed a longing for freedom from earthly pains, racial prejudice, and life's hardships. in spite of everything, it proved to be a legitimate too strong and too joyous for even church partitions to hold.

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