Marovich follows gospel track from early hymns and camp conferences throughout the nice Migration that introduced it to Chicago. In time, the track 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 associates of previous gospel pioneers--to recuperate many forgotten singers, musicians, songwriters, and leaders. He additionally examines how an absence 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 few its practitioners. As Marovich indicates, gospel track expressed a craving for freedom from earthly pains, racial prejudice, and life's hardships. after all, it proved to be a legitimate too strong and too joyous for even church partitions to hold.
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