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Special Photo: Magnolia. Singer Mavis Staples provides a soundbite in the documentary "Rejoice and Shout."

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Rejoice and Shout' an off-key look at the history of gospel music

At the risk of reworking the most obvious of cliches, "Rejoice and Shout" -- a documentary about the history of gospel music -- preaches solely to its choir. Providing the foundation for rock, blues, country, jazz, hip-hop and dozens of other musical subgenres, gospel is the oldest American-based musical idiom and one far more deserving of the treatment it gets here.


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