‘How They Got Over’ Review: How the Gospel Begot Rock

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‘How They Got Over’ Review: How the Gospel Begot Rock

Sister Rosetta Tharpe almost stole the show in “How They Got Over,” director Robert Klemm’s documentary about the gospel quartets of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s and their undeniable influence on rock ‘n’ roll. But he has competition.

Among those who championed the quartet, Tharpe, the first gospel artist to sign with a major label, was instrumental in introducing her audience to groups such as the Dixie Hummingbirds. That group’s longtime lead, Ira Tucker, books the documentary with memories that gently touch on faith, economics, and craft.

Singer Denise Edwards explains the change in style. But it’s a clip featuring Joe Ligon of Mighty Clouds of Joy stylishly spinning and sliding that draws a smile-inducing connection from the spiritual to the secular, Edwards performed in the group for which he became a frontman. Gaya: The Temptation.

Other interviewees include Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Isaac Freeman of the Fairfield Four, and Jojo Wallace of the Sensational Nightingales.

“How They Got Over” takes the music from its exquisite Jubilee-style harmonies to “smooth gospel”. (Singer Sam Cooke was among the spontaneous gospel singers who crossed over to mainstream success.)

Joyce Jackson, a historianhandjob And original music historian Jerry Zoltan offers insight into a devotional art form that often responds to the energy of church-goers. With a trove of archival performance footage, much of it from the television show TV Gospel Time, and the wit to let those images breathe, the film relies on the adage about not telling. Among the highlights: The Blind Boys of Mississippi joined in a hand-clapping rendition of “I’ll Be Singing Up There” by the Barrett Sisters, and Inez Andrews pressing her lament pedal hard and predicting the rock to come.

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not evaluated. Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes. In cinemas and in virtual cinemas.

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