Rejoice and Shout, a Film about Gospel Music
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The last date listed for Rejoice and Shout was Sunday September 18, 2011 / 7:00pm.
Currently at Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space
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“For anyone with a keen interest in Gospel music, this is a must-see and see-again. You’ve heard of documentaries that preach to the choir? In this one, the choir preaches back.” —Hollywood Reporter
“The best history of gospel music to yet hit the screen. A must-see for black gospel enthusiasts.” —Austin American Statesman
Rejoice and Shout traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles – spirituals and early hymns, four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements.
Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture – from slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, to the civil rights movement and empowerment. Rejoice and Shout connects the history of African-American culture with Gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large – and continues to do.
Years in the making, Rejoice and Shout captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity – the sermonizing, the heartfelt testimonials, getting “slain in the spirit,” the hard hollerin’, and of course the inspiring music.