Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Enamel Pin by Reformed School

$ 12

Rock 'n' roll was bred between the church and the nightclubs in the soul of a queer black woman in the 1940s named Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She was there before Elvis, Little Richard and Johnny Cash swiveled their hips and strummed their guitars. It was Tharpe, the godmother of rock 'n' roll, who turned this burgeoning musical style into an international sensation.

Although she was open about her sexuality within the industry, she kept this secret from the public. Tharpe eventually met her partner, Marie Knight, when they teamed up with their hit "Up Above My Head." In 1950, the duo and partnership split. One year later, Sister Rosetta Tharpe married Russell Morrison, her manager. Shortly after, Tharpe's career began dwindling down in the U.S. It was then that young white men started taking over the rock 'n' roll scene and experimenting further with the sounds she had forged.

  • Soft Enamel Pin
  • Pin is 1.5" tall
  • One pin back with black rubber clutch

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