Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll
Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made
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.
For fans of PBS TV on the West Coast of Canada & America's Pacific North West the KCTS 9 guide tells us that "SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: The Godmother of Rock & Roll" is showing at 11:00 pm PST on Friday, February 12th on "American Masters". Let's hope they don't show a David Bowie doc instead.
"American Masters: B.B. KING" on the same station @ 9:00 pm / Monday, Feb. 15th - repeats 2/19 @ 4:00 a.m.
ALSO @ 9:00 pm on Feb. 29th [repeating @ 2:00 a.m. on the 30th] - "Fats Domino: American Masters"
[check local PBS listings in your area].