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Review: 'Rejoice And Shout' Attempts To Cover A Century Of Gospel In 2 Hours

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 2, 2011 8:57 AM
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  • 1 Comment
It always seemed like music was the only art where the subject didn't matter. If there's a good beat, a catchy hook, some sort of inventiveness, and/or intensified drive, most don't care what the hell the singer is spewing, even if it's about their specific belief system. Throw a bunch of hard-ass atheists on the dance floor and throw on "Jesus Walks"; see how many stomp their feet and protest (actually, don't, keep reading). There's numerous other examples (how many trendy God-hating teens like Christian-Metalcore band Underoath? Quick answer, too many), but for other mediums, it's not the case. Religious imagery feels too pushy, and while books like the Koran and Old Testament are densely written, good luck finding someone interested in reading it just 'cause.

Exclusive: Clip Of Mahalia Jackson's Great Performance On 'Ed Sullivan Show' From 'Rejoice & Shout'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 8:04 AM
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Spanning 200 years, there is probably no other form of music more rooted in America's social, political and religious history than gospel music. Having a strong influence on blues and rock 'n' roll, no form of music has been as important either, and the upcoming documentary "Rejoice & Shout" will take viewers on a journey from where gospel came from, to where it is today.

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