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.
- Physical Description: 1 videocassette (51 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
- Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997.
Videocassette release of the 1996 documentary film originally broadcast on English television.
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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.
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.
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