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The Story Of Gospel

A new documentary, “Rejoice and Shout,” explores gospel music from roots to right now. We’re listening.

Gospel music has come a long way since it became popular around 1900. Here, the Howard Gospel Choir performs in Stockholm. (US Embassy Sweden/Flikr)

Gospel music has come a long way since it became popular around 1900. Here, the Howard Gospel Choir performs in Stockholm. (US Embassy Sweden/Flikr)

You may think you know gospel music, and maybe you do. But it’s easy to get a tame, watered down version of the real deal.

A new documentary traces gospel back to plantation days and then into the heart of 20th century African American religion, culture and arts. Into its intersection with freedom, funk and ecstasy.

It’s called “Rejoice and Shout.” (Click here to see where and when the film is playing.)

And yes, it does.

This hour On Point: the roots and story of gospel music.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Joe Lauro, producer of the new documentary film “Rejoice and Shout.” He’s president of Historic Films, a stock footage archive.

Bil Carpenter, gospel music historian and author of “UncloudyDays: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia.”

Sylvia Kinard, minister and gospel artist.

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