Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

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Godmother of rock to get her due — Rosetta Tharpe the focus of PBS documentary

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


A new documentary that celebrates one of the most influential but largely unknown musicians of the 20th Century, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, premieres later this month on PBS. American Masters opens its 27th season nationally with Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll nationally on Friday, February 22 on PBS. TPT Channel 2 is scheduled to air the documentary on Monday, February 25 at 9 pm. Tharpe (1915-1973), was born in Arkansas, and raised in Chicago by her evangelist mother, where she developed her distinctive performing style singing in church. She briefly left the church for show business at age 23, and performed in the Cotton Club in New York City. Continue Reading →

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