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I didn't need Wald to tell me what my ears do, but I'm glad that she did. Nov 18, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: music. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a deeper understanding of Rosetta Tharpe and how she influenced music. It also really gave me a lot of background on gospel music and especially how different gospel artists in the 's interacted and got along. I wish I'd seen more of Rosetta's personality, though.
I feel like I definitely got to know her better, but it still feels like I'm missing the full picture. I have a pretty clear understanding of Rosetta's public persona - but less Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I have a pretty clear understanding of Rosetta's public persona - but less about what she was like behind the scenes.
Most of the information about Rosetta was from people who knew her - there was very little of her own views on things or her feelings about various events. The author of this book couldn't help that - it seems like Rosetta didn't leave a ton of firsthand information - but it's still something I wish I'd seen more of.
Excellent read for anyone wanting to know more about the Mother of Rock'n'Roll I'll always want to know more about Sister Tharpe, but I don't know that any living soul could share more than this book. I've always wondered why Dylan gets a whole curated collection and Rosetta only recently gets a gravestone. I first learned of Rosetta about 15 years ago and quickly used her as a high school English class topic.
What I found online and in liner notes was the most I could learn until I finally put this book at the front of my rotation. I'm not sure if the author plays guita I'll always want to know more about Sister Tharpe, but I don't know that any living soul could share more than this book. I'm not sure if the author plays guitar, but I appreciated the inclusion of discussions of her technique. It's something I currently trying to nail down. As a musician and librarian, this book will belong in my "music room" and not my library.
As a gospel singer who would play the Cotton Club she outraged the gospel circuit. This biography looks at how revolutionary she was as a black woman earning her way as a musician, living through segregation and being an inspiration to the most unlikely people - Jerry Lee Lewis?
So this is a great biography which manages also to look at the social conventions around Rosetta. I'm a nut for gospe such a treat - Rosetta Tharpe is a forerunner of rock and roll as an astonishing guitar player. I'm a nut for gospel musicians so if that's you this is a must read but it would be of interest if you're into Americal social history as well.
May 12, Brian Cohen rated it really liked it. More detail about her personal life outside of performing would have been welcome, the question being whether more detail is available. All talent and charisma, a performer you wish you could have known personally. A guitar shredder for the lord. Nov 08, Amy rated it really liked it.
An academic biography that I was assigned for a women's history class. Though a bit dense at times, the narrative hums and sparkles just like Sister Tharpe's personality and musical genius although the book is obviously much more sedate than she was. Must be accompanied by watching some of her filmed performances on YouTube! Jul 23, Ryan Gibson rated it really liked it. As a music graduate I'm actually a little embarrassed that I'd never heard of Sister Rosetta before now.
Listened to the audiobook and it is a brilliant example of how the format can elevate the material through it's use of musical recordings, live performance clips and range of different voice actors. I just was writing a thoughtful review and it got deleted Most of her performing was done between the s and the s, 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 I just was writing a thoughtful review and it got deleted 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.
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