Sister Rosetta Tharpe IMDB/PBS

A black woman from Cotton Plant, Arkansas, birthed rock and roll from the strings of a Gibson L-5, and a film celebrating her legacy goes up on the big screen at CALS Ron Robinson tonight.

On what would be Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s 104th birthday, AETN and Central Arkansas Library System’s Arkansas Sounds screens the American Masters documentary “American Masters “Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll.”


Here, we’ll get the director’s cut, with extra performance footage from Sister Rosetta, as well as an introduction from director Mick Csaky.

Admission (and any corollary rock and roll enlightenment gained therein) is free.