Every now and then I go back and watch the following video again, over and over, and I still can’t believe how much talent this woman has been blessed with.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the original badass soul sister, so ahead of her time. Her use of guitar was nothing short than groundbreaking.
“Her style was flamboyant, she liked her hair close-cropped, curly, and brightly colored. She had a big smile, a sense of humor and a whole lot of sass. Sister Rosetta saw her talent as God given, and so she didn’t follow the conservative ways of her fan base. She performed at the Cotton Club and CafÃ© Society with Cab Calloway and Benny Goodman. She got divorced when she was unhappy in her marriage. In fact, she was married three times — a rumored 10,000 fans attended her third wedding, held at a concert at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. in 1951. She strutted from the dugout to the second base, said her vows, then strapped on her Gibson and rocked out in her wedding dress.”
Now, here’s the video I was talking about. Check out the guitar solo in the middle. Check out the Pete Townshend windmill at 1:47. I don’t have nothing to add.
(update 2012: there’s this nice documentary as well! check it while it’s online)