GLOBAL RHYTHMS

How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock and Roll

ROBERT CLEM
USA, 2017
87 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Robert Clem and Producer Jerry Zolten

Legendary musicians like James Brown got their ideas from the impressive, dramatic performances of African American gospel quartets that played in churches, on local radio stations, and later at concert halls starting in the 1930s. The music documentary How They Got Over about the evolution of these quartets illustrates how this often originally religious, harmonious singing developed into more secular songs with instruments, multiple vocalists, passion, and sold-out shows. The men and women who sang gospel were musical precursors to genres such as dodo-woop, rhythm and blues, soul, Motown, and rock 'n' roll. A number of octogenarians singers regal us with tales of their road trips across the South, when they played for peanuts to make their names. Their stories are augmented by seldom-seen archival footage of concerts by the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sister Rosetta Tharp, and many others.—International Film Festival Rotterdam

Sunday's screening will include a special performance by the Howard University Gospel Choir

GLOBAL RHYTHMS

How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock and Roll

ROBERT CLEM
USA, 2017
87 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Robert Clem and Producer Jerry Zolten

Legendary musicians like James Brown got their ideas from the impressive, dramatic performances of African American gospel quartets that played in churches, on local radio stations, and later at concert halls starting in the 1930s. The music documentary How They Got Over about the evolution of these quartets illustrates how this often originally religious, harmonious singing developed into more secular songs with instruments, multiple vocalists, passion, and sold-out shows. The men and women who sang gospel were musical precursors to genres such as dodo-woop, rhythm and blues, soul, Motown, and rock 'n' roll. A number of octogenarians singers regal us with tales of their road trips across the South, when they played for peanuts to make their names. Their stories are augmented by seldom-seen archival footage of concerts by the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sister Rosetta Tharp, and many others.—International Film Festival Rotterdam

Sunday's screening will include a special performance by the Howard University Gospel Choir


Sunday, April 22
5:30 PM
$14.00
Monday, April 23
6:00 PM
$14.00

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