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Too close to heaven. Part 3 [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.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Videocassette release of the 1996 documentary film originally broadcast on English television.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator, Alphonsia Emmanuel.
Commentary: Margaret P. Douroux, Jesse Jackson, Morgan Babb, Albertina Walker, Jacki Clark, Karen Clark, Marvin Winans, Gary Hines, Joe Ligon, Bobby Jones, Tramaine Hawkins, Teresa E. Hairston, Kirk Franklin.
Music: Staples singers, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Angela Spivey and the Voices of Victory, Thompson Community Choir, Clark Sisters, Mighty Clouds of Joy.
Summary, etc.:
Using narration and performance footage, this film traces the 300 year history of gospel music. Part three commences with the songs of the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's that marked a turning point in gospel music which, originally formed out of slavery, gave voice to a new cry for freedom. Series concludes with an analysis of contemporary gospel and its impact on popular music and the Afro-American church.
System Details Note:
Subject: Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972
Cleveland, James
Brewster, W. Herbert (William Herbert), 1897-1987
Clark, Mattie Moss
Crouch, AndraƩ
Caesar, Shirley, 1938-
Gospel Music Workshop of America
Gospel music
Gospel music > History and criticism
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
Civil rights movements > United States > Songs and music.
Protest songs > United States.
Contemporary Christian music
Popular music > United States > History and criticism > 20th century.

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