en film av Robert Clem

(1h 27 min)

25. Januar kl. 16:15
26. Januar kl. 10:15 og kl. 16:15

How They Got Over, som har vært vist at Rotterdan Film Festivalsamt noen flere festivals i USA og andre land, handler om 30-, 40- og 50talls gospel kvartetter, som både startet rock ‘n roll og rivning av de daværende rasistveggene.

How They Got Over, featured at the 2018 Rotterdam Film Festival and a dozen other festivals in the U.S. and abroad, looks at black gospel quartets of the 1930s, 40s and 50s as harbingers both of rock and roll and the breaking down of racial walls in mid-twentieth century America.

SYNOPSIS How They Got Over tells how African American gospel quartet music became a primary source of what would be known as rock and roll. Beginning in the 1920s, black singers across the country took to the highways as the new technology of radio and records made it possible to reach a wider audience and – possibly – to make some money. Intense competition encouraged quartets to seek out new ways to inspire their audiences, first with guitars, later with full bands, then with a performance style designed to move their audiences to a different place. Their music was infectious, wrecking many a house on the chittlin’ circuit and then moving on to major auditoriums across the country in the late 1940s and into the 50s. The huge success of gospel quartets inspired secular record companies to form “doo-wop” groups that performed a secular form of quartet music, and to entice gospel singers like Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and Wilson Pickett to cross over to the greater fame of pop music. The film contains classic performance footage of the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds, Blind Boys of Alabama and Mississippi, Sensational Nightingales, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Highway QCs, Davis Sisters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe – the list goes on. Some of the greatest names in quartet music are interviewed in the film and give vivid first person accounts of how they “got over” in their performances, shouting, bending over backwards, dancing, jumping off the stage – what came to be known as “gospel drama.” This was the inspiration for so much of what came after, from James Brown to Mick Jagger. How They Got Over celebrates the spirit of gospel performers and how it helped usher in a musical revolution that changed the world forever.