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As many of you know, this weekend is the always-fabulous True/False Film Festival. One of the most buzzed-about movies coming to the fest is Amazing Grace, which tells the story of a couple of days in 1972 when Aretha Franklin performed at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, and returned to her gospel roots. Author Aaron Cohen wrote an entire book about the event and the million-selling album that was made from it, and he will be coming to the festival to talk about it all.
He’ll also be appearing at Skylark at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, to sign copies of his book, Amazing Grace. Take a moment out of your festival day and come and say hi, buy a book, and learn about the story behind one of the most extraordinary albums of recent times.
Aaron Cohen is the author of "Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace'" (Bloomsbury) and "Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power" (University of Chicago Press), which will be available in September 2019. He teaches humanities, journalism and English composition at City Colleges of Chicago and received a Public Scholar fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016. Cohen's articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, DownBeat, Washington Post and The Nation and he is the two-time recipient of the Deems Taylor Award for outstanding music writing from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP.)