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Say Amen Somebody
Say Amen Somebody
Director: George T. Nierenberg
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Documentary, African American Cinema
G     2001     1hr 40min

Anyone who loves soul music or rhythm & blues probably knows that it all springs from the roots of gospel music. This 1982 documentary by director George T. Nierenberg breaks it all down beautifully as he examines the live...  more »


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Director: George T. Nierenberg
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Pop, Other Music, Religion & Spirituality, Biography, African American Cinema
Studio: Xenon
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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You'll be moved to sing along in praise!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this during its debut in an arts theatre of Chicago, the setting for some parts of the film and a major birthplace of gospel music. It moved me deeply then and still does today when I see it. A wonderful tapestry of the soul, history, spirit, blues, and people of gospel music, "Say Amen Somebody" is a feel-good documentary film about one of the most prolific gifts African-Americans have given to America culture."
Down home church! - Say Amen Somebody!
Valencia Littlejohn | Greenville, SC | 11/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best of the best and the greatest of the greatest gospel legends! I stayed up until 3 am and did not want to stop watching! The video took me back to my grandmother's church back home in Alabama. They say that you can't go back but this is the next best thing. My grandmother has gone on to heaven now, and eventhough she is not in the video it is almost like she is with me again.Wonderful video. Gets you back to the roots of true gospel music, singing because your soul is happy, and simple down home people who just want to give praise!"
Simply Superb
Valencia Littlejohn | 09/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is more fun than you could imagine. The strength of the music and the faith will get your heart moving! It is a testament to the power of Gospel nusic for people of ALL races. Thomas Dorsey is a man whose undying love for God shines through every minute of his music and even more when he speaks about the growth of modern Gospel. This is a MUST video for any school teaching music."
Faith Ain't Required, Just A Love of the Blues
Peter F Cammann | Vermont | 04/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Years ago, I used to program a jazz show on a small radio station in southeastern Massachusetts. Between 6AM-7AM, we used to have a gospel segment (which as an atheist, I found particularly amusing and interesting). I came to really love the music. It's some of the most emotional blues you'll ever hear. "Say Amen, Somebody" is more than just footage of a truly legendary gospel performance. It's testimony to the power of the music and how it moves the people who sing it, play it, and listen to it. Even this "unbeliever" was moved by what he saw.I first caught this film in 1985 and I've seen it a couple of times since. It never fails to suck me right in."