Godmother of Rock and Roll
November 23, 2019 10:17 PM Subscribe
Rock-n-Roll was invented by a queer Black woman born in 1915 Arkansas. Your disordered hardcore punk rock was sanctioned by a kinky-haired Black girl born to two cotton pickers in the Jim Crow South. The electric guitar was first played in ways very few people could have ever imagined by a woman who wasn’t even allowed to play at music venues around the country. The Patron Saint of rock music is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The original punk rebel from which we were all born, SRT is muva.
Queer History: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, godmother of rock ‘n’ roll
What Do You Mean You’ve Never Heard Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe?
NPR's Forebears: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Godmother Of Rock 'N' Roll
BBC's The Story Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4.
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