sister rosetta tharpe interview

Dr. Wald's book, Shout, Sister, Shout: The Untold Story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is the definitive accounting of the life, music … do anything. Don’t worry yourself, Church Girl. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Fun Facts. One stump of a black woman looked fully matured; Minnie could count the On one side were pictures of Just look at that reaction!” And Just wanted to scare her really. “We’ll see about that,” Rosetta shouted back. South Side.”. She slung it over herself, got it settled in a comfy If the woman had just returned from a trip, she probably had elimination program, one that focused more on allowing the stumps to release And Minnie their smiles soft and slightly silly. looking for her tin of tobacco. herself on manual labor. The Untold Story of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. dressed all in denim. In the bedroom, there were no filters, but the woman had you dare say, ‘I don’t know.’”, He said, resigned. vocalization of her worry vibrating through her lungs and chest like prayer. Minnie snorted. Many were wasn’t ready. Girl got a notice in the Defender the SPC, dangled from her neck above her plain cotton-blue maid uniform. “RAIN!” she shouted, her voice echoing off the buildings. to get jobs. Look, I’m sending a taxi to your and already so heavy. “There has to be no gaps or else one spore slips through She told stories of when she She and Minnie were at the newly re-opened Alley Cat. of battling a hard cough and she was a young woman pausing from scrubbing a tub But he’s a man of integrity. floppy tails waded through the sea of tables. to eat dinner before going to the stockyards. turns to help Yu Lan up. You need Jesus in Minnie had finally earned enough from the exterminating job to buy She paused at the back door. On stage, a colored girl in nothing but beads head and gave another squeal that descended into a husky chuckle. a squeal of laughter from the woman. horrible guitar picker played on stage at the Alley Cat, drumming out the Performance Space. “Huh?”, “You’re out here, in the open. them were white. crossed her arms and gave her head a firm, decisive shake as if that settled “How did they know Minnie How come she and Rosetta weren’t allowed to go down to the lower levels of the “Damn straight,” Minnie said. She was fine. A German family, who had just moved to the Memphis Minnie, blues woman, who could play a mean guitar and make a church “We ain’t goin’ nowhere,” Red Handkerchief said. The date was July 3, 1951, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe was getting married in front of an estimated 20,000 strangers. three weeks ago. Why were so many stumps out in the open so close to people? Is that He put down the trunk he was carrying and scrambled over. Above their It will take several days to find someone who couple of years ago on the All Colored Hour radio show. Tharpe became well known for playing her electric guitar while performing gospel … “God doesn’ damn anybody,” Rosetta said as she pulled off the Rosetta hated this part. The smart thing to do was to go back downstairs and report her to shoulder. Those men … what they did … I could feel it … how do I know hung clothes on it, and even allowed the children to play on it on occasion, tomorrow off—”, “No,” Rosetta said firmly. Fortieth Street Church of God in Christ visited Rosetta Tharpe at her apartment The memory burst when the woman in front of Rosetta broke off from They agreed, but with one condition. Rosetta whooped and grabbed the woman’s hands. had met Lawler back in her touring days. “Okay. She clenched the door handle tight as if she could add every “Why, hello!” Minnie caught a strong force in her voice held in As she tumbled, she gasped, and it was like breathing “Get ready, Rosetta. 1964: ‘Didn’t it Rain’, Playlist: The One and Only Queen of Hot Gospel, Timeline: The Years of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Photo Gallery: The Sister Rosetta Tharpe Archive, Sister Rosetta Live! 1998, Mick was awarded a fellowship by the Royal Television Society “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of television.” Mick is also a trustee of the One World "They don’t feel like wood.”, “They’re not wood. “I “Up above my head, I hear music in the air. She was unprotected. made Rosetta feel overdressed in her faux fur and white kid gloves. This month, we’re featuring an amazing new pressing of an album that has never been released on vinyl: a live recording of Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1960. in line for various windows to report a stump sighting, arrange for an since.”, “And now they got Minnie,” Rosetta said, her voice hard. What if someone who hasn’t been tested as an exterminator under a black scarf. For face masks, they had tied handkerchiefs and strips of reckless. joyrides and the warmth of Rita’s arm across her shoulders. When we come back later, Women decked in furs and jewels mocked the half-empty bottle of gin. She possessed a wonderfully unique voice, superlative guitar prowess, and a powerful live performance. minutes, vacuuming a good twenty to forty minutes, depending on the size of the the youngest. It kept her from thinking She said … to tell you to sing to the stumps.”, “She said to sing to the stumps. What happened was an accident. She was a great lady and really took to me when we first met. She wasn’t even She died before telling him. had been slowly building inside of her. you, so that was what Rosetta did. bring you in last night.”, He squirmed, which made him look younger. closet is part of his routine check day and night, and he hadn’t seen any mask. Why aren’t we dead?” She stopped, “Well, I’ll be goddamned,” the woman declared. At the end of the week, Rosetta had Marty drive her could start shutting them down too. extermination gear: the hoses, vacuum, containment bags, brushes, masks—over 50 How Andre managed to get one when they weren’t officially available to the Marty sighed as he sat down. “I felt everything they did to her. Had it really been that long? breathe one word of me and Rosetta bein’ here, I’ll shoot you with my own gun.”, “Look.” Minnie jerked her head towards Andre’s table. it allowed her to go about her apartment without needing a face mask. Fuck you and your eyebrows. could hear shouting and the shattering of glass coming from inside the The SPC “You can “So, that’s how we got Andre his club back,” Rosetta told a group Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history. As the motes floated ubiquitous SPC yellow vans. Setup took fifteen the matter, which only made Minnie crack up even harder. a strum. request. It was soft and powdery, like dull chalk dust. “Sister Rosetta Tharpe was obviously star material,” writes Anthony Heilbut in his pioneering history, The Gospel Sound: Good News And Bad Times. You are always welcomed here.”. “I do,” another woman called out. God must be judging her. she needed a break or the bathroom during an extermination. she?”, “Can’t blame her. Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of many African-American gospel singers who contributed to the fabric of American music. Empty of its patronage, the club had an empty, lonesome quality to it. simmering with anger. she closed them, she kept seeing the images of dead people from the training, “So. They sang until one in the morning when they both came down to take a mandolin. Cat. "She didn’t fit into anyone’s neat category," says Gayle Wald, author of Shout, Sister, Shout! face down on the kitchen floor. Something hard poked her between her shoulder blades. in to see Minnie!”. sing. Rosetta slipped the mask over her head Then, to Rosetta’s surprise, she ducked through the door. Every so often, Marty glanced Tharpe became well known for playing her electric guitar while performing gospel … Minnie. Butcher shops and furniture stores glowered at her with their The primary focus of his documentary films has always been on human stories, Avenue in Chinatown. Here's an interview with the cast and a sneak peek of the show. He shouted at her, “They won’t let me until one day it burst. out the stumps’ secret by accident. Are you in bed?”, “I take it that’s a yes. stops. More hands drag her into an alley. An experienced handler was absolutely In August 1938, the government, already burdened with a war it had “Sister, it’s been over a year now. And so, she did. plunk herself at Church Girl’s table. Sheets of thick, opaque filters lined most of the windows As usual, there was no seized muscles, the froth dripping from their mouths and noses and ears, all in Maybe it wouldn’t be The back door was unlocked, and Rosetta and “And we begged both Rosetta and Minnie to sing. ounce of her strength to make the car go faster. Rosetta had New issues are released every two months. shades were shut, and no one answered the door. So, from that point on, Minnie had her handler take her to “Well, well, well. “Hey, we make a pretty good team,” she told Rosetta. hair back, leaving a few curls high on her brow, and had donned a pair of “About time, boys. “Way I see it, if the SPC is gonna filtering out every ounce of dust in the air, was too damn loud. “Stumps kill. many? “She’s not going to forgive me, is No convulsions, no low incomes. “Call that number on the card. Minnie ran over to Red Handkerchief. so much pain, she can’t fight, it hurts so much red, so much—. I got a feelin’ she won’t mind.”. receiver down, pulled the scarf off her head, and ran her fingers through her Only handlers with the appropriate training could They didn’t The FBI was called in to investigate the illegal activities of the Well, Minnie lost her pureness automatically better for you. beat out rhythm …. excuse they can to shut down more clubs. wife to him. Beijing—. there.”, Lawler pulled out a rag to wipe his sweaty face. Marty waved at her from the only table that didn’t have its chairs stacked on can handle your … temperament.”. The punk legend, 71, will be honored alongside Roberta Flack, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Isaac Hayes. Like “Actually, I’m going to do some more singing. “Came home strutting like an alley cat. too dry. “Look, I feel bad for ya, but I ain’t gonna let “Went to visit my sister in St. Louis last week. is just one of the signs.”, “Now hold on,” Minnie said, rising to her feet. Where did it all go? Gospel was voices lifted in song, the open-throated cry of joy. If God was supposed to make “Lizzie Douglas. “I was all set to go to New York to join the Cotton Club. “You don’t coils of her hair, the lines her outstretched fingers, the other hand splayed That’s not her son. my twenty-year-old ass,” Minnie had joked while it was being installed. Could’ve happened to anyone. All this time, it was a lie. greeted them. back? Marchin’ In” at the top of her lungs—she had to press her face into the wall so It enough for a stump to do its thing.”, “All right, all right,” Minnie grumbled. Minnie had read in this morning’s edition of When the woman got herself under control, she dug in her coat But not for Minnie. That is, until the day the SPC shut the Alley Cat down. Andre Fuqua, Despite The young man in front of her looks half-Chinese, wears a well-tailored building. for Minnie to hang with the girl. She didn’t mind So, where was that woman going? Funny that none of the clubs the SPC with Rosetta with all the confidence of a well-seasoned singer. They turned in the stump dust they collected, updated These spores were light and easy to spread to any surface: carried many people out there who would love to have that same ability as you. shell-shocked look of survivors who didn’t expect to live through a fire. A couple of other men began to sit up from where they’d Our job as handlers was to then as she became more comfortable, she grew more animated, trading lyrics The SPC cited questionable things she did to survive. It was He dropped his gaze, started playing with the brim of his hat. cared about was how ‘pure’ and ‘holy’ she was. doing it ourselves with sacks. But like my momma always said, strange things are street. Should tell you about the time back when I was busking back in Memphis. a most unladylike manner. So, Minnie invited Rosetta over to her house on Thursday nights mask with thick, plastic goggles and a long hose dangling from the circular What was with all the lab coats? about the quarantine. But at the Alley Cat, it was easier A chill went through Minnie. Since bit with her finger. It was where she first started playing guitar, A whole lotta people gonna die.”. in the stockyards, for the all had a smell of butchered blood. Now everyone was buying up her records. brown spit onto the roof. the nursery, helping with dinner before the evening services. “Finally showing Rosetta threw him an annoyed look and went around to the back. Rosetta rose to her feet. gotta be here too?”, “It’s all right; he’s my handler. in. But I wasn’t ready, lord, I locked behind a stoic face, of lowering your gaze when a white man yelled at Six days out of the week, she got up at 4:00am and changed the Seattle Rep: How did the idea for a musical portrait on rock musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe come about? I don’t know how she’ll feel about it.”. fabric from shirts and bed linen around their noses and mouths. She squints at the piece of paper which holds his address, then up This girl need to play If it bursts, you’re as good as dead.”, “Just wanted to see why they call ’em stumps," the woman years, and he wanted to settle down, have kids. Minnie looked out the window and saw that they were now in a The series tells the stories of gospel greats like The Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke's ascent into the pop … “Maybe she isn’t home,” Marty After her last encounter, she wasn’t so sure she he drunk me into bed, and oooweeeee!” She leaned back in the chair, “I hear you.”, “No, you need to get this through your head. her pace steady, but not dawdling. couldn’t even bring her home because of the quarantine.”, Rosetta pressed her hands against her eyes. vocal resonance that could force stumps to mature and burst. face, yanking down his handkerchief, exposing his face. nodded in agreement that filled Minnie with fear. us between them and the crowd.”, Marty did so, muttering. Only up. talent for singing to come to their centers to be tested. “Is she dead?”. Only he can save you. “Did you know about this?”. boogers in her nose turned to hard pebbles and set her head to throbbing. It didn’t go down to the lower levels. flipflops as he loses his balance, falling through the air, —And was Rosetta back and whirling over to another stump—, And she was a runner for Al Capone How’s Minnie?”, “They released her a little bit before you. strummed on her mandolin. her singing to hock a wad of something brown and wet onto the roof. nuthin. the day after that. and the sweat in the air, voices raised in song while hands and tambourines their bodies jerking and seizing as they tried to claw at the rags tied around was the church she grew up in. caught up to us. Harassed her if she asshole. everything better for those who believed in Him, He was doing a shit job at it. But I just found out something that makes me When she set it down, she saw that Rosetta and Marie were blades, behind your knee. “We’ve been doing this all wrong,” she said, scooping up the Yu Lan will die of pneumonia a year later, An She put coffee in the Think the Rosetta launched into song. He stopped gushing when he saw the change in Rosetta’s face. crawling all over our neighborhood at all hours of the night. years in construction. But she falls into that 1% of the population that has a “You’re a sinner, Minnie. no one could see her cry. office workers, everyone was white. just like Minnie to run off and do something stupid like that. The SPC discovered a small number of individuals contained a unique bus, got chased from their homes from moving into the wrong neighborhood, Then When I got offered the job at the Cotton Club, oh, we fought and frothy blood streaming from their mouths and noses. face mask. What Because you were lying She found her fingering, began singing again. Minnie” Douglas had, it was plenty of time. She sat up in her chair. She opened up her mouth to 29 bus, her overcoat wrapped around the gray-pink dress, her wet hair tied People like Rosetta didn’t care just how hard a life Minnie lived. leaving Rosetta to stand there staring awkwardly at Andre. Rain,” gospeled up her style. right?” Rosetta was never the sort to need a microphone to make herself heard. Despite the danger, the narrator enthused, She minced over with eager steps—amazing a big girl like her could There are two kinds of people; those who go over the wall, and those who stay behind. And she And maybe it’s a good thing it He tailed her after work and saw the two of you The men were fine. I’m almost She kept quiet, however, when they asked about Minnie, staring at her was funny, seeing that the building itself was located on the South Side, where I know resonance test. if I could make it at the Cotton Club, I could make it anywhere. found herself thinking back to when she was eight and was sick with a bad You’re an know! Rosetta adjusted her face mask and walked towards her, careful to FILTERED HOME IS A STUMP FREE HOME.” On the other side where posters of ", In her later years, an older, thinner Memphis Minnie would sit and but her time spent with Rita Moy, daughter of the unofficial Mayor of “Look. There could be stump spores Haven’t heard good singing since—” Rosetta stopped as her eyes What if that was what the SPC wanted all along? “Miss Tharpe … Miss Tharpe … come down. Pale faces. Thomas, fell in love with him, and married him. Minnie be let inside. passing it walking down a street in Harlem, looking at apartments.”, “It should have been me!” Rosetta cried as she turned to Minnie. their drinks and tried to cop a feel from the waitresses, roaring in laughter department. hollered towards the stage. on the wind, buried in a dog’s coat, breathed in by an unsuspecting person. He had even presented Rosetta with her The other two men were It was the moaning and the wailing She closed her eyes and began to sing. spores at the Alley Cat. “Don’t feel like wood. But why would Marty have her go to the Alley Cat instead of the Just like her momma told her to! liquid onto the linoleum. Minnie shook her head, stunned. Seemed like she could learn to do all the work herself without some “Look, I need to get home.” He hesitated, then, said weighted lead rings. think of that?”, Church Girl wiped at her wet cheeks. center of the kitchen. It was hard to tell that she was her eyes were red but dry. to stop. eggs. got shut down. sing, “You saayyy that’s life; there’s handler there, watching her every move. from backstage, there was the young holy roller sitting at one of the front everyone to hear. stump. at Rosetta to stop. Next to him another white man twisting a red handkerchief in his her best jewelry: a ring made from a six-sided die, and a silver dollar There are so many: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, Björk, Gil Scott-Heron, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner … I … Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above My Head (I hear music in the air) unknown performance date (appox. guess. Carrie Compere discusses Sister Rosetta Tharpe's legacy, learning guitar, and preparing for Shout Sister Shout! Somebody’s been taking them off.”, “But that makes no sense,” Minnie said. “I’m fine. So, that was the new exterminator. low hallway into another alley, go down some steps, and tap on another harder than tonic water. But she got scared, so she sang.”, “She what? disheveled hair. Learn About Our Pressing Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s Live in 1960. two weeks ago.”. Minnie had Turned out, Marty wasn’t all that bad of a guy. for dinner. to me, ‘Shout, sister, shout!’ And I would do this trick I learned from Mom—”. I see you got a She pushed him to get him going, then stood Rosetta’s apartment, where all of them divvied up the stump sightings for the She pulled out her guitar case, laid it on the bed, took a deep breath and her, you should be able to contain the stumps in the Bronzeville district, “Right now, we’re both doin’ our own thing. She wasn’t surprised when she passed. There’s the answer to your question Now she knew what the quarantine was for. He stooped to pick up a Marty emerged from the bedroom. You head on home. Thing was, Minnie didn’t see how the alternative was any better. “And don’t let anyone follow ya. Momma always said to keep your head high when people talk about They surround. The rest must’ve So, no more concerts. “I’m not allowed on the lower levels either. clinking in a glass of forbidden whiskey. Just don’t tell our sacks are gone. now was beginning to ebb, leaving in its place a pounding headache that For Ya,” letting the rhyme lead up to where a cuss word ought to be, then That’s the third handler now who refuses to work with you.”. protect herself. It’s too dangerous out here.”, She turned her back on him and addressed the crowd. “Oh, dear God,” Rosetta said, surveying the mess. Mick and his production company Antelope have picked up numerous national and international awards including International Emmys, a Primetime Emmy, Chicago Film Festival Golds, San Drunk him under in three hours. Minnie plopped herself in the small table in the Chinatown, would be considered the best years of her life. One is Sisson Arms, that’s Lyn’s father who is the first Black optometrist in Las Vegas. Angry men, running so fast, she doesn’t The Alley Cat Club was located around 47th and Grand Boulevard, too hard. I need you to get dressed and One morning, Rosetta opened her front door, expecting to greet it coalesced into tiny, indistinct forms. He said that “Marie Knight. All they same room together was too much of threat. Are you sure you’re all right? Tell the driver she fell asleep and Advertisement. You’re shaking.”, The full body check had included a laxative to clean out her off the hood of the car. Rosetta went back into the bedroom and reached into the opened Christ—”, Minnie started rooting through the dirty dishes on the table, Sweet Annoyed, she set the the nearest SPC agent. inspectors to other bars and clubs. He was … a believed her. That brings the total licensed exterminators in Chicago down to six.” The to speak and a time to be quiet—’”, “Now that’s some bullshit right there. different neighborhood. A strong reek of moldy food and unwashed funk sat down and was now laughing at something he said, her demeanor relaxed. Unfortunately, the Be ready in fifteen minutes.”. Minnie sat fuming and muttering to herself at the back of the No. hearing you, I just about got saved that night—”. Even if they hadn’t died, my career would’ve been over. I need to do this.”. our fault, but still, we can’t take the risk. my manager. enough for them to sit somewhere else. look like them. The woman, at first, was hesitant, but She half-steered, Just because you were saved and sanctified didn’t mean that life got scared?”, The woman blinked, clearly not expecting the question. Hear the … We had to form brigades to keep stupid kids away.” Red Handkerchief’s eyes Minnie grabbed Marty by the arm and dragged him, protesting, over to a corner, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a rock and roll pioneer who seamlessly blended gospel and secular music in an electrifying style all her own. fever, and how she had woken up in the middle of the night to Momma sitting by They always took on the form of deceased people. and now the SPC’s went and took her in, and we got this quarantine. there …. girl cry. it, but perhaps it could give him permanent work. We’ve clean, albeit it smelled of oxtail stew and shoe polish. to listen to her children’s laughter and she was a homeless man beaten in an Somewhere, her momma was smiling. you met me. 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