The Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Photograph of Sister Rosetta Tharpe for the Shero Series

In this installment of our Shero Series, I’d like to highlight an important but oft forgotten figure in the invention of Rock ‘N’ Roll. When one thinks of early Rock ‘N’ Roll, it likely brings to mind the swinging hips of Elvis, or the popcorn energy of Little Richard. However, these icons, among many other behemoths of the genre, cite Sister Rosetta Tharpe as inspiration throughout their legendary careers.  Born to a family of singers and evangelists in Arkansas in […]

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