Al Green: Gospel According to Al Green

ISBN 13: 9781572524095

Al Green: Gospel According to Al Green

 
9781572524095: Al Green: Gospel According to Al Green
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Gospel According to Al Green is a fascinating 1984 documentary about soul music's most insinuating singer, Al Green. Directed by Robert Mugge, it captures an expansive Green talking about his career and performing in front of a military crowd in a hotel ballroom. Green's high, seductive voice, passionate performing style, and sinewy stage presence make the musical sections of the film compelling--even if you're not a fan of gospel music. Because, at this particular juncture in his career, that's what Green was performing, though the songs have the slow-boiling insistence of his best soul songs. In the interview segments, Green talks about how he wrote his songs and the religious conversion experience he underwent that caused him to put his pop-music career aside and serve the Lord--and how, when he gets cooking onstage, people don't seem to care that when he's singing about "Love and Happiness," he's praising God's name, rather than singing to a woman. Green, notoriously press-shy, is remarkably open discussing his tragic encounter with a spurned lover, who dumped boiling grits on him and then killed herself. --Marshall Fine

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Now that's filmmaking! Grade: A- -- The A.V. Club / The Onion

Rich with solid storytelling. -- MovieWeb

The interviews are note-worthy and the performances are often electrifying. -- DVD Talk

[The Gospel According to Al Green & Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus] give Mugge and we viewers the greatest gift: the outpourings of their immediate, fully-committed inspirations -- Jazz Beyond Jazz blog

[The Gospel According to Al Green & Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus]blend insights and splendid, rare performance footage in a manner that distinguishes them from basic concert or documentary items. -- Nashville City Paper

[The Gospel According to Al Green & Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus]hold up well as vital profiles of their subjects at turning points in their lives, each combining a concert film with a journalistic backstory. -- The Wall Street Journal

supreme craftsmanship -- All Movie Guide

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