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Too close to heaven. Part 1 [videorecording] : the story of gospel music / an IBT/CTVC production for Channel 4 in association with Jerusalem Productions ; producer, Leo St. Clair ; director, Alan Lewens.

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  • Physical Description: 1 videocassette (51 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
  • Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997.

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General Note: Videocassette release of the 1996 documentary film originally broadcast on English television.
Participant or Performer Note: Narrator, Alphonsia Emmanuel.
Commentary: Horace Boyer, Margaret P. Douroux, Jesse Jackson, Gatemouth Moore, Dready Manning, Katharine B. Dockers.
Music: First Cosmopolitan All Male Chorus (N. Carolina), Washington Temple Choir, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Rev. Cleophus Robinson and the Living Sisters, Excelsior Quartet, Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux.
Summary, etc.: Using narration and performance footage, this film traces the 300 year history of gospel music. Part one examines the roots of gospel music which began when Black Africans became slaves on white American plantations and combined African music with Christianity to create a new musical form, the negro spiritual.
System Details Note: VHS.
Subject: Allen, Richard, 1760-1831
Tindley, Charles Albert
Dranes, Arizona
Thomas, Willie B., 1912-
Fisk University > History.
Gospel music
Gospel music > History and criticism
Blacks > Africa > Songs and music > Influence.
African Americans > Music > History and criticism
African Americans > Religion
Spirituals (Songs) > United States > History.
Christianity > United States > Songs and music.
Gospel musicians > United States > Interviews.
African American churches > Songs and music.
African Americans > Music > Social aspects.
African American singers > History.
African American clergy > History.
African Americans > Songs and music > History and criticism
Underground Railroad > Songs and music.
Jazz > History and criticism
Blues (Music) > History and criticism

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