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Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Gayle F. Wald I just was writing a thoughtful review and it got deleted... :(Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an amazing musician and an incredible performer. Most of her performing was done between the 1940s and the 1970s, and most people today have never heard of her. I think part of the reason is that she didn't fit readily into one category. She was a black woman who sang gospel and played the electric guitar. She was a pioneer in rock-and-roll--Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard all mentioned her as one of their main influences. I believe this is the only biography out there about Rosetta. Because Rosetta was such a great performer and spent most of her life entertaining, she wasn't very good about telling people how she really felt about things--that's one thing I would have liked to have learned more about from this book. I don't think she was very literate either, so she didn't keep a diary or write lots of letters. It would have been interesting to hear from her perspective what her life was like, and why she made some of the decisions she did (in the interviews she gave, the stories didn't always agree with each other, or the facts changed over time). The book was a little bit dry at times, but I'm glad someone wrote a biography of her. It's a shame that she's not better known now and that she wasn't properly appreciated in her time--her grave in Philadelphia has no gravestone.There are a few videos on YouTube of Sister Rosetta's performances--check them out if you're interested.