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Sunday, April 7 2013

Holy Rollers, Rock 'n' Rollers, and the Birth of Rock Music

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.


Monday, February 26 2007

Sister Rosetta Tharpe got rock rolling long before Elvis

The late, great Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a one-of-a-kind pioneer of 20th-century American music.


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