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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Vote Sister Rosetta!

Somehow, someway, Sister Rosetta Tharpe -- "The Godmother of Rock and Roll" -- is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Like," "Share" and/or download the poster in this post to start the campaign to put Sister Rosetta in the Hall of Fame.

Apr 16th, 2013 | 30 comments

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Mel Brooks - Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

After 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer; he is one of 14 EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners. Yet, the comedy giant has energetically avoided a documentary profile being made, even issuing an informal gag order on his friends … until now. Brooks agreed to throw himself into a new documentary about his storied career, giving American Masters exclusive interviews and complete access to his film and photo archives.

Apr 4th, 2013 | 53 comments

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Playlist: The One and Only Queen of Hot Gospel

It's American Masters radio: the other AM on the Spotify dial. Elvis listened to her. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Johnny Cash. And yet, somehow, Sister Rosetta Tharpe -- "the original soul sister," as people used to call her -- is more or less a complete unknown today. It's hard to believe when you hear her sing or play heavy on the electric guitar. Have yourself a listen to Sister Rosetta on The One and Only Queen of Hot Gospel playlist, curated by the American Masters team.

Feb 4th, 2013 | 1 comment

David Geffen - Inventing David Geffen: The Soundtrack

It's American Masters radio: the other AM on the Spotify dial. How many PBS films have a Whitesnake track? From Crosby, Stills & Nash to Joni Mitchell, from Neil Young to Elton John, and Bob Dylan, too, the soundtrack to Inventing David Geffen just goes to show the far-reaching influence Geffen had as a music producer on our national soundscape.

Jan 9th, 2013 | 12 comments

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Joffrey - Film: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

It's the life and times of The Joffrey Ballet -- the first quintessentially American dance company -- on American Masters.

Jan 8th, 2013 | 0 comments

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David Geffen - Film Comment: Susan Lacy on David Geffen

Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer of American Masters, explains the drive behind telling David Geffen's story, as well as the obstacles of capturing the life of a behind the scenes man. Lacy also takes time to answer viewers' questions about the film.

Jan 8th, 2013 | 0 comments

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Timeline: The Years of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The life and times of Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Dec 28th, 2012 | 0 comments

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Film Outtake: 1957 Tour

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

Dec 28th, 2012 | 1 comment

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Trailer: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made. She could play the guitar like nobody else… nobody. Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe from writer, producer and director Mick Csaky. During the 1940s-60s, Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of rock ’n’ roll, inspiring some of its greatest stars, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.

Dec 28th, 2012 | 16 comments
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