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Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the first guitar heroine of rock and roll.
Her heartfelt gospel folksiness gave way to her roaring mastery of her trusty Gibson SG, which she wielded on a level that rivaled the best of her male contemporaries. If Tharpe had not been there as a model and inspiration, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other rock originators would have had different careers. No one deserves more to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Sister Rosetta became famous in 1938 and was a star through the 1940’s, a black woman singing gospel music to the accompaniment of her own driving electric guitar – howling and stamping. More on rockhall.com...
The Holy Profane by
Call Number: ML3479 .R43 2003
Publication Date: 2004-11-01
Shout, Sister, Shout! by
Call Number: ML420.T437 W35 2007
Publication Date: 2007
Drawing on interviews with and reminiscences of family and colleagues, a portrait of Rosetta Tharpe traces the life and career of the pioneering gospel singer, songwriter, recording artist, and guitar prodigy and examines her influence on the musicians of her era.
The Ladies Sing the Blues by
Call Number: VID VAR LADI-S 2001
Publication Date: 2001
A collection of historic filmed performances of women blues singers from 1929 through the 1950s.
Influence and Legacy
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