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In 1960, four young men went into a Chicago recording studio and revolutionized the sound of African American gospel music. When they made that groundbreaking recording, the Pilgrim Jubilees had been singing together for more than ten years. Today they are still singing, and they are still at the forefront of gospel music.
"The Pilgrim Jubilees" is their story, told in their words. From their beginnings in rural Houston, Mississippi, through the good times and the hard times of more than half a century traveling the "gospel highway" they have played a pivotal role in shaping an entire musical genre. Today, based in Chicago, they stand as senior statesmen of gospel music.
The Pilgrim Jubilees know the pitfalls and hardships of their calling. They tell of arriving in a distant town so short of money they can't afford to refuel the car, then discovering their concert has been canceled. They recall singing their hearts out, then finding that the promoter has absconded with the money. They remember the days when racism meant that even a gospel singer could land in jail simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And they recount the joys of the gospel life--the elation of having a record at the top of the charts, the companionship within the group and with the people to whom they sing, and above all, the drive to keep spreading the Christian message that has sustained them through the hundreds of thousands of miles they have traveled.
And all of these elements--the highs, the lows; the successes, the failures; the spiritual, the worldly--are the subjects the Pilgrim Jubilees talked candidly and at length about to New Zealand journalist and gospel researcher Alan Young when he spent several weeks at home and on the road with them. The result--"The Pilgrim Jubilees"--is the first full-length book on an African American gospel quartet. It's an illuminating look at the lives of the singers and musicians in the Pilgrim Jubilees. For fifty years they have shone in a unique world where showbiz meets religion and the "Jubes" are stars.
Alan Young is a journalist in Auckland, New Zealand. He wrote "Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life" (University Press of Mississippi).
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Library Journal - 11/01/2001 page 118
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Studio: University Press of Mississippi
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.89" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Dec 17, 2001
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1578064163 ISBN13 9781578064168
Availability 0 units.
More About Alan Young
Alan Young is an actor and writer who has had shows on radio, and appeared in films, on stage and television. He is also a popular voice-over artist for such characters as ?Scrooge McDuck?, and ?Hiram Flaversham? from ?The Great Mouse Detective?
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Great reading Mar 13, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This very candid yet sincere look at the trials and tribulations of the Jubes makes it that much more amazing that the group still sings with conviction. Perhaps it is because of those trials and tribulations that the Jubes continue to make recordings that touch your soul.
Reading the book made me feel like I was a part of the group. In this book, the Jubes accomplished the task of taking you on a trip through the `60s, `70s, `80s, and `90s and pulling you onto the road, into their car, onto the stage and into the studio as if you were a part of the group.
I also found the layout of the book to be quite interesting. The stories told from the Jubes' perspective and in their own words served to prove why the Jubes is such a hard-hitting group and in such great demand. They tell it like it is (or was). That is one reason why they continue to be one of top group in the quartet industry.
Thank you for the history lesson. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in quartet music and to those who are interested in Black history.
One of The Best!! Feb 2, 2002
As a quartet enthusiast I am very familar with the Pilgrim Jubilees and this is just the case of a deserving party finally getting their reward. Though only a handful of book on this genre of music have been written, this is only the second to focus on a particular quartet group (The first on Smithdale Mississippi's Williams Brothers). The book is definitely a well deserved tribute to these quartet Legends. Having established a very distinct driving sound that has become popular in the quartet industry, the Jubes tell a very powerful and heart warming story that has all the elements for good reading. From the hilarious stories of their youthful years, to the more serious questions of death within the group, the reader is taken on a gripping emotional journey. As a side note the book even includes one of the most inclusive discographies of the Jubes recorded works. If you love quartet gospel then you must own this book which features a handful of great stories about Quartet Legends past and even those still with us today. As quartet fans, supporters, and enthusiasts alike your quartet collection is not complete until you pick up this book.