Don McGlynn’s gospel documentary takes a gratifyingly comprehensive look at an ecstatic American art form. The film reaches back to 1902 (the first gospel recording) to show how barbershop harmonizers like the Fisk Jubilee Singers led to rafter-rattling church belters like Mahalia Jackson and, ultimately, the blues-tinged Staple Singers (above). Step by step, they all built a rock & soul stairway to heaven. The film is a bit too chronological, but its historical reverence is true to gospel’s joyful insistence on locating the spiritual in the everyday. A?
POWER OF MUSIC Celebrate the history of gospel music in Rejoice & Shout
Starring: Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples; Director: Don McGlynn; Release Date Limited: 06/03/2011; Runtime (in minutes): 115; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Posted June 8 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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