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By Robert M. Marovich

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


Marovich follows gospel track from early hymns and camp conferences throughout 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 acquaintances 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 acceptance and opened a gate to social mobility for a couple of its practitioners. As Marovich exhibits, gospel tune expressed a longing for freedom from earthly pains, racial prejudice, and life's hardships. finally, it proved to be a valid too powerful and too joyous for even church partitions to hold.

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