“ooh, don’t play after him / i hope you don’t catch the AIDS because he touched the piano”:

HIV/AIDS, the 1980s, 90s, and Black Gospel Hammond Musicianship

A Talk by Ashon Crawley, University of Virginia

December 2, 2021 4:00pm

Ashon Crawley is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He is also an audiovisual artist and author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility and The Lonely Letters.

The Gospel Sound at 50: A Conversation with Anthony Heilbut

Led by Professor Johari Jabir, UIC-Chicago

November 18, 2021 4:00pm

Anthony Heilbut is a record producer and author of The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times. Published in 1971, The Gospel Sound is a groundbreaking work which offers a rich and extensive account of the history and theory of the form and performance of gospel music. 

Johari Jabir is Associate Professor of Black Studies at University of Illinois-Chicago. He is the author of Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Gospel Army of the Civil War.