Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

Mar 18, 2013

Wednesday, March 20 at 8 pm

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

During the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made Sister Rosetta Tharpe (rt) introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of popular rock ‘n roll, inspiring the male icons of the genre. This flamboyant African-American gospel superstar, with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly electrified guitar, was a natural-born performer and a rebel—one of the most important singer-musicians of the 20th century.