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Shout, Sister, Shout! by Gayle Wald
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Shout, Sister, Shout! by Gayle Wald
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Jan 15, 2008 | ISBN 9780807009857

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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

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