Sister Rosetta Tharpe
(and the False History of Rock & Roll)

NOTE:Nothing controversial about this post — it only involves race, gender, and religion!

A few decades ago, the standard history of rock and roll went something like this: In the mid 1950s. black R&B and white country music collided. White kids went apeshit. Rock happened.

That may hold a bit of water as sociological history, […]