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

by Gayle F. Wald

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PUBLISHED: 28th February 2008
ISBN: 9780807009857
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The untold story of the flamboyant musical prodigy Sister Rosetta Tharpe, America's first rock guitar diva Before "women in rock" became a catchphrase, Rosetta Tharpe proved that women could rock. Shout, Sister, Shout! is the first biography of this trailblazer who influenced scores of popular musicians and defied categorization. Wald's biography, which draws on memories from more than 150 people who knew Tharpe, forever alters our understanding of women in rock and of U.S. popular music. "A book like this is long overdue. Rosetta Tharpe was a major star and a huge influence on the musicians of her day. Listen to her recordings and you can hear all the building blocks of rock and roll." —Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter "Rosetta was one of the most beloved and influential artists ever in gospel music . . . and she blazed a trail for the rest of us women guitarists with her indomitable spirit and accomplished, engaging style. She has long been deserving of wider recognition and a place of honor in the field of music history." —Bonnie Raitt "Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there." —Greil Marcus, cultural critic "Rosetta Tharpe was one of my first influences, one of the first people I heard sing. I'm glad Gayle Wald has done a book on her because people need to know." —Isaac Hayes
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  • Paperback
    $28.76
PUBLISHED: 28th February 2008
ISBN: 9780807009857
ANNOTATION:
The untold story of the flamboyant musical prodigy Sister Rosetta Tharpe, America's first rock guitar diva Before "women in rock" became a catchphrase, Rosetta Tharpe proved that women could rock. Shout, Sister, Shout! is the first biography of this trailblazer who influenced scores of popular musicians and defied categorization. Wald's biography, which draws on memories from more than 150 people who knew Tharpe, forever alters our understanding of women in rock and of U.S. popular music. "A book like this is long overdue. Rosetta Tharpe was a major star and a huge influence on the musicians of her day. Listen to her recordings and you can hear all the building blocks of rock and roll." —Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter "Rosetta was one of the most beloved and influential artists ever in gospel music . . . and she blazed a trail for the rest of us women guitarists with her indomitable spirit and accomplished, engaging style. She has long been deserving of wider recognition and a place of honor in the field of music history." —Bonnie Raitt "Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there." —Greil Marcus, cultural critic "Rosetta Tharpe was one of my first influences, one of the first people I heard sing. I'm glad Gayle Wald has done a book on her because people need to know." —Isaac Hayes

Annotation

The untold story of the flamboyant musical prodigy Sister Rosetta Tharpe, America's first rock guitar diva Before "women in rock" became a catchphrase, Rosetta Tharpe proved that women could rock. Shout, Sister, Shout! is the first biography of this trailblazer who influenced scores of popular musicians and defied categorization. Wald's biography, which draws on memories from more than 150 people who knew Tharpe, forever alters our understanding of women in rock and of U.S. popular music. "A book like this is long overdue. Rosetta Tharpe was a major star and a huge influence on the musicians of her day. Listen to her recordings and you can hear all the building blocks of rock and roll." —Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter "Rosetta was one of the most beloved and influential artists ever in gospel music . . . and she blazed a trail for the rest of us women guitarists with her indomitable spirit and accomplished, engaging style. She has long been deserving of wider recognition and a place of honor in the field of music history." —Bonnie Raitt "Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there." —Greil Marcus, cultural critic "Rosetta Tharpe was one of my first influences, one of the first people I heard sing. I'm glad Gayle Wald has done a book on her because people need to know." —Isaac Hayes

Publisher Description

Before "women in rock" became a catchphrase, Rosetta Tharpe proved that women could rock. Shout, Sister, Shout is the first biography of this trailblazer who influenced scores of popular musicians and defied categorization. Wald's biography, which draws on memories from more than 150 people who knew Tharpe, forever alters our understanding of women in rock and of U.S. popular music. "A book like this is long overdue. Rosetta Tharpe was a major star and a huge influence on the musicians of her day. Listen to her recordings and you can hear all the building blocks of rock and roll." —Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter "Rosetta was one of the most beloved and influential artists ever in gospel music . . . and she blazed a trail for the rest of us women guitarists with her indomitable spirit and accomplished, engaging style. She has long been deserving of wider recognition and a place of honor in the field of music history." —Bonnie Raitt "Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there." —Greil Marcus, cultural critic "Rosetta Tharpe was one of my first influences, one of the first people I heard sing. I'm glad Gayle Wald has done a book on her because people need to know." —Isaac Hayes "Absorbing . . . Very much a woman's story, refreshingly free of Svengalis and impresarios." —Laura Sinagra, New York Times "Wald makes a good case that Tharpe's R&B spirituals played a key role in inventing rock." —Entertainment Weekly "Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there." —Greil Marcus, cultural critic and author of Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock'n'Roll Music

Author Biography

Gayle F. Wald is a professor at George Washington University and the author of Crossing the Line. She wrote the liner notes for a critically acclaimed 2003 Rosetta Tharpe tribute album. Wald lives in Washington, D.C.

Review

A book like this is long overdue. Rosetta Tharpe was a major star and a huge influence on the musicians of her day. Listen to her recordings and you can hear all the building blocks of rock and roll. --Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter "Rosetta was one of the most beloved and influential artists ever in gospel music . . . and she blazed a trail for the rest of us women guitarists with her indomitable spirit and accomplished, engaging style. She has long been deserving of wider recognition and a place of honor in the field of music history." --Bonnie Raitt

"Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there." --Greil Marcus, cultural critic

"Rosetta Tharpe was one of my first influences, one of the first people I heard sing. I'm glad Gayle Wald has done a book on her because people need to know." --Isaac Hayes

"Absorbing . . . Very much a woman's story, refreshingly free of Svengalis and impresarios."--Laura Sinagra, New York Times

"Wald makes a good case that Tharpe's R&B spirituals played a key role in inventing rock."--Entertainment Weekly

"Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there."--Greil Marcus, cultural critic and author of Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock'n'Roll Music

"Wald's illuminating biography brings the deliciously flamboyant singer to life as gospel's first superstar and a seminal figure . . . Tharpe was a larger-than-life figure in American pop music. May Wald's shimmering book revive her for new listeners." --Booklist

"With the publication of this entertaining and enlightening biography, Tharpe-who reputedly played her electric guitar 'like a man, ' withstood failed marriages, racial and sexual discrimination plus economic hardships-should receive the recognition she deserves."--Publishers Weekly

"Mixing tireless reporting with nuanced and cultural insights, Wald's Shout, Sister, Shout! is about as good as musical reparations get." --Tony Green, Vibe

Review Quote

A book like this is long overdue. Rosetta Tharpe was a major star and a huge influence on the musicians of her day. Listen to her recordings and you can hear all the building blocks of rock and roll. -Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter "Rosetta was one of the most beloved and influential artists ever in gospel music . . . and she blazed a trail for the rest of us women guitarists with her indomitable spirit and accomplished, engaging style. She has long been deserving of wider recognition and a place of honor in the field of music history." -Bonnie Raitt "Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there." -Greil Marcus, cultural critic "Rosetta Tharpe was one of my first influences, one of the first people I heard sing. I'm glad Gayle Wald has done a book on her because people need to know." -Isaac Hayes "Absorbing . . . Very much a woman's story, refreshingly free of Svengalis and impresarios."-Laura Sinagra, New York Times "Wald makes a good case that Tharpe's R&B spirituals played a key role in inventing rock."- Entertainment Weekly "Rosetta Tharpe's life is a classic American tall tale, except that it happened, and, in these pages, you are there."-Greil Marcus, cultural critic and author of Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock'n'Roll Music "Wald's illuminating biography brings the deliciously flamboyant singer to life as gospel's first superstar and a seminal figure . . . Tharpe was a larger-than-life figure in American pop music. May Wald's shimmering book revive her for new listeners." - Booklist "With the publication of this entertaining and enlightening biography, Tharpe-who reputedly played her electric guitar 'like a man,' withstood failed marriages, racial and sexual discrimination plus economic hardships-should receive the recognition she deserves."- Publishers Weekly "Mixing tireless reporting with nuanced and cultural insights, Wald's Shout, Sister, Shout! is about as good as musical reparations get." -Tony Green, Vibe

Product Details

Author
Gayle F. Wald
Short Title
SHOUT SISTER SHOUT
Pages
252
Language
English
ISBN-10
0807009857
ISBN-13
9780807009857
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2008
Publication Date
2008-02-28
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
1st
Publisher
Beacon Press (MA)
Subtitle
The Untold Story of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Audience
General/Trade