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How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets And The Road To Rock And Roll

Featuring a Post-Screening Conversation with Director Robert Clem and Producers Jerry Zolten and Opal Nations

Please join us for a special screening of the feature length documentary, How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock and Roll, followed by a post-screening discussion with Director Robert Clem and Producers Jerry Zolten and Opal Nations, moderated by Bob Santelli. The film is about the African-American quartets who traveled the back roads of the Deep South and urban north and west coast in the 1930s and 40s creating a hard gospel sound and vigorous performing style that foreshadowed doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and Motown. Groups featured in the film include the Dixie Hummingbirds, Blind Boys of Alabama and Mississippi, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Soul Stirrers, Fairfield Four, Sensational Nightingales, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Highway QCs and more. The film has traveled to 22 film festivals thus far in Rotterdam, Chicago, London, five cities in Australia, New Delhi, Nigeria, Mississippi, Atlanta, Milwaukee, New York City, Utah, Washington D.C., and Washington state.