Robert Darden, former gospel music editor for Billboard magazine — and now an assistant professor of English at Baylor University — chronicles the genre in his book People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music.
The roots of gospel music are not well-documented. Early recordings were lost. Stories behind the songs weren't written down. A new book recounts the history of the beloved American art form. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Robert Darden, author of People Get Ready!.