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A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music

Robert M. Marovich


In this book, the author, a gospel announcer and music historian, shines a light on the humble origins of a majestic genre and its indispensable bond to the city where it found its voice: Chicago. The book follows gospel music from early hymns and camp meetings through the Great Migration that brought it to Chicago. In time, the music grew into the sanctified soundtrack of the city's mainline black Protestant churches. In addition to drawing on print media and ephemera, the book utilizes hours of interviews with artists, ministers, and historians—as well as discussions with relatives and frien ... More

Keywords: gospel music, Chicago, early hymns, Great Migration, black Protestant churches, social mobility, racial prejudice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039102
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert M. Marovich, author