Motown asserted the idea that Black [church-rooted] music was “the music of young America”. Because they were right, they were very successful.
You won’t read about Motown and the churches and the labor movement in titles like Black Detroit and the Rise of the United Auto Workers. But you will in this series.
The AME tradition is a continuous innovation on 200 years of institutional memory. Today we remember the #Charleston9 with a musical tribute to the artistic traditions of Gospel music and the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mobility is a key concept.
Whatever else is happening here, The 5th Dimension sings the heck out this strange little tune.
Here’s another Reading Room entry listing texts used for the Technologies of Gospel project.
If Capitol Records’ first Gospel act sounds slightly different from the rest, there’s a reason: They’re Methodists.
Even Nina Simone’s mistakes are perfect.
Martha of Vandellas fame grew up a minister’s granddaughter in Detroit.
Memories of The Fifth Dimension are the foundations of the Technologies of Gospel project. I’d tell you why, but..
Gospel Disco Obscurities Friday is a series derived from some Facebook posts to friend, colleague, and public theologian Marvin K. White. It’s all about the networks, and the circuits.
Eubie Blake doesn’t play in the key of C.