Jun 26, 2012 — Anthony Heilbut's essay collection, The Fan Who Knew Too Much, features reflections on the Queen of Soul, soap operas and Jewish immigrants. The highlight of this sometimes harsh collection, says Michael Schaub, is a history of LGBT contributions to gospel.
Jan 11, 2007 — January should be national couch potato month. Check out our guide to the premieres of 24 and American Idol (with a tip o' the mic to Whitney Houston's melisma), our exclusive preview of Little Mosque on the Prairie and reviews of a stomping dance movie and an idiocratic DVD.
Nov 24, 2005 — A new book uncovers the research of John Work, who accompanied folklorist Alan Lomax on a trip to the Mississippi Delta in the early 1940s. They documented the music heard in churches, blues joints and cotton fields of the South.
Aug 15, 2005 — Rock historian Ed Ward reviews a new history of gospel music, People Get Ready! by Robert Darden.
Jan 17, 2005 — Robert Darden, former gospel music editor for Billboard magazine — and now an assistant professor of English at Baylor University — chronicles the genre in his book People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music.
Dec 17, 2004 — The roots of gospel music are not well-documented. Early recordings were lost. Stories behind the songs weren't written down. A new book recounts the history of the beloved American art form. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Robert Darden, author of People Get Ready!.