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Phonograph sermons once outsold jazz

  by Julie Kennedy, Washington University in St. Louis A recently published book chronicles a time when sermons by African-American clergy outsold recordings by popular performers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. In the 1920s and ’30s, these African-American preachers spread the word to a mass audience one phonograph record at a time, according to Lerone Martin, assistant professor of[Read More…]

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