Holy Rollers, Rock 'n' Rollers, and the Birth of Rock Music
7 Apr 2013 // 6:14 PM
While today rock is ubiquitous, few of us really understand the nuts and bolts of rock’s beginnings and especially not of rock’s crucial debt to the so-called "holy rollers" of the Pentecostal church. That Pentecostal-rock connection is a key to understanding what makes rock 'n' roll what it is.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe got rock rolling long before Elvis
26 Feb 2007 // 2:59 PM
The late, great Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a one-of-a-kind pioneer of 20th-century American music.