Self-made superstar, guitar virtuoso and Godmother of Rock and Roll — Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a Cotton Plant, Arkansas, native and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Born to poor cotton pickers, Rosetta Nubin Tharpe rose from poverty to become one of the world’s most popular gospel singers and was the first to cross over successfully into mainstream popular music.
A natural-born performer and rebel, Sister Rosetta played a pivotal role in the creation of rock ’n’ roll, inspiring some of its greatest stars, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard with her distinctive playing and singing styles.
Learn more about her phenomenal story, music and lasting influence as we and Arkansas Sounds celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth with a special, free screening of “American Masters: The Godmother of Rock and Roll” and tribute mini-concert of her songs! The “Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute” will be held at Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
in partnership with Arkansas Sounds
100 River Market Ave.