Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

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The life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe. From writer, producer and director Mick Csaky.

 Sister Rosetta Live! 1964: ‘Didn’t it Rain’

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

Sister Rosetta Live! 1964: ‘Didn’t it Rain’

The scene is England in 1964. You hear the band playing when Sister Rosetta Tharpe pulls up on a horse drawn carriage to a make-shift stage at an abandoned railroad station. It's a rainy day and Sister Rosetta is in her Sunday overcoat. You can almost hear a train whistle blowing when she belts out "Didn't it Rain" accompanied by a full-blooded, swaggering electric guitar sound.

 About the Film

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

About the Film

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.