Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made

Rosetta TharpeDespite not being a household name today, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Her flamboyance, skill, and showmanship on the newly electrified guitar played a vital role in the conception of Rock & Roll as a genre of music. Featuring archival performances and using new interviews with fellow musicians, producers, friends, and colleagues, this film tells the story of a talented and determined woman that introduces spiritual passion of her gospel music background into Rock & Roll. Learn more about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, her life story, and lasting artistic legacy.

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Discover the life, music and influence of Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Mick Csaky on making ”The Godmother of Rock & Roll”

Mick Csaky on making ”The Godmother of Rock & Roll”

Director Mick Csaky on making the film

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: 1957 Tour

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: 1957 Tour

The year Sister Rosetta Tharpe hit the road with Chris Barber and his band

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This program is produced by American Masters          New York Public Media

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