AAAMC “Why We Sing” Gospel Music Conference Footage Now Online

AAAMCThe Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University reports that it is offering online access to interviews and panel discussions videotaped as part of the conference, “Why We Sing: Indianapolis Gospel Music in Church, Community, and Industry,” which took place on the IU Bloomington campus in November 2011.

Also included are interviews with Carla Poindexter (audio), Kenneth Woods Jr. (audio), and Rev. Melvin B. Girton (video) conducted before and after the conference.

To gain online access to the interviews and panel discussions, click here:

Established in 1991, the AAAMC is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. The collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop.  The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of black radio.

The AAAMC supports the research of scholars, students, and the general public worldwide by providing access to holdings which include oral histories, photographs, musical and print manuscripts, audio and video recordings, educational broadcast programs, and the personal papers of individuals and organizations concerned with black music. It also invites exploration of its collections and related topics through a variety of public events, print and online publications, and pedagogical resources. For more information, visit

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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