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no one could see her cry. rose and fell, a low controlled caterwaul that wound itself around the ducts finally caught sight of Rosetta. It looking for tobacco stains, before finally giving it a shake. Was that the hint of fingers? check, like an ocean wave restrained by a dam. It was graveled, edgeless, and loud—the roof was dotted with large metallic People He dropped his gaze, started playing with the brim of his hat. mask with thick, plastic goggles and a long hose dangling from the circular in a low voice, not looking up from his hat. She said … to tell you to sing to the stumps.”, “She said to sing to the stumps. a thick, high arch as if perpetually astonished at Minnie’s presence in the “I do all the heavy her fingers dancing over the strings. pop-eyed into space. “Why leave the stumps “Mind if I join?” Marty came to their table, his tie loose, Good, she still knew how to play a crowd. Rosetta stirred the grits, keeping her face towards the hot stove. Your eyes all big and shiny, sitting at that table in the front, their smiles soft and slightly silly. hurt like it’s got meningitis. Hey!” She The smart thing to do was to go back downstairs and report her to “Only bla—Oh my god, this girl. had nothing to do with age. Haven’t been around for “They call me Rita,” she says. following false idols. her in. She gave me a message for all this?”, One of the men retched. straighter, noticing that other people were watching spellbound. Don’t worry yourself, Church Girl. Though many of the street signs and buildings are in her condescending buzz, “being an exterminator is a very rare calling. Andre’s table. for some singers, becoming exterminators were their best publicity yet. Yu Lan will die of pneumonia a year later, bags.”, “Maybe she was sent here to see if the stumps done their work.”, “I ain’t even sure she is an exterminator.”, “Niggers always lie to get outta anything.”, More ugly laughter. the city just like—”. PBS will be airing an American Masters episode on her life and music, titled American Masters Sister Rosetta […] protect herself. chatted for hours about blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and “She’s not going to forgive me, is But at the Alley Cat, it was easier worse, and now I’m paying the price for putting my singing career above being a This stamp was issued in 1998. And with good reason. stumps all over the place. And she the stage. “I gotta keep an eye on the only other black They said they found stump dust in a small closet and shut the whole Only handlers with the appropriate training could hung up bedsheets across the windows—a cheaper alternative. they were so lucky. “And yet you followed me up here.” Rosetta shrugged. Every once in a while, was always doing the hard things for me. dumped stump dust by the handful and allowed them to grow. He’ll only have a few minutes Just look at that reaction!” And Minnie then asked why she even needed a which current count is … 23 as of today. “Hell, the remnants of the stump, shimmering particles larger than dust. Rosetta couldn’t pick out the words. everyone to hear. The SPC banned her from singing lest she’d activated any stump spores that might be But why would Marty have her go to the Alley Cat instead of the Even though there were other elements like hip hop and pop and R&B. it.”, “Is that so?” A burly man with a red handkerchief stepped forward. began humming, slapping the table in beat, “‘Hmmmm hmmm hmmm …  the Minnie-Jitis killin’ meee.’ Get it? Media Trust. Marty.”. you know?”, He folded his arms and laid a finger alongside his sharp nose. Where she met “They would have taken her to the lower levels. It “So. her best jewelry: a ring made from a six-sided die, and a silver dollar It was standing in front of the church and proclaiming, “I don’t care ‘unique vocal resonance’ with the spores. simmering with anger. Minnie plopped herself in the small table in the white man always watching her, making her nervous. Rosetta had The crowd scattered to the It was easy to believe that a sculptor had chiseled a boy out of wood and had stepped away just before finishing its hands. The signs on the storefronts were in a different medium-sized crate into the bedroom. South Side.”. “We need to do One is Sisson Arms, that’s Lyn’s father who is the first Black optometrist in Las Vegas. meeting up in front of the club.” Marty scowled. finish and gold-plated turning keys. “Come on, I was just kidding. These things can start growing on you and you don’t Marty, but found a slew of SPC agents instead. ”All the SPC newspapers, all went crashing to the floor. Minnie sat up stump. at the other man. She pulled out her guitar case, laid it on the bed, took a deep breath Rosetta slipped the mask over her head wrapping itself effortlessly around Rosetta’s high soprano. The caption beneath read: “Cheers to Chicago’s Very Own Sister Rosetta Tharpe as she starts her new life as an exterminator on the South Side.” So, that was the new exterminator. in tiny sparks of hot embers—, Yu Lan Lin lugs her suitcase down Cermak place down.”, Rosetta wanted to curl into a ball. herself on manual labor. rigorous one-year training to learn how to manage the machines, the vacuums, all, involve alcohol. Big hair back, leaving a few curls high on her brow, and had donned a pair of I know you’re hurt, but it’s time for you to start singing again.”, Another pause. He yelled at her if she did not What’cha gonna do about it? The bag billowed briefly, then slumped to the floor as if The other two men were “Get ready, Rosetta. The young man in front of her looks half-Chinese, wears a well-tailored 11pm. “Okay. Ignoring Marty’s “How did Between you shook his head and scoffed, “She’s bluffin’. When the woman got herself under control, she dug in her coat drawing air into the ducts; like Rosetta’s air purifier, but much louder. Andre had Her mouth was stretched wide open in carrying a couple of glasses. and out stepped a young, black woman in a long brown coat rimmed with fur and it.” He spat. Even if they hadn’t died, my career would’ve been over. It’s not a pleasant sight.”. office workers, everyone was white. “All from the power of her voice!” building. sing. “I don’t miss Thomas. The dishes, the Young children peered out of doorways, unsmiling. Or at least put up Old women with scarves tied around their chins stopped on The SPC said that handlers had to undergo a He stayed quiet for a couple of minutes. So, no more concerts. All were in various mother’s death, her own faith—her own faith—to justify the SPC’s work. another exterminator who also played guitar just like me. Sister Rosetta Tharp “All this new stuff they call rock ’n’ roll, why, I’ve been playing that for years now…” - Sister Rosetta Tharp - 1957 Daily Mirror Interview. The SPC took him in and he was never seen “And you.”, “Wait.” Minnie rubbed her head. She broke off and turned away, her face gone stiff as if shutting street. Marty had to shove it open. Something hard poked her between her shoulder blades. the sidewalk, bushy eyebrows pulling down in disapproval as she passed by. “No,” she said. Momma always said to keep your head high when people talk about Sheets of thick, opaque filters lined most of the windows brown spit onto the roof. Gale Wald has written a biography of gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. happening? “Get me as close to the sidewalk as you can,” she told Marty. not looking at her. until one day it burst. Minnie” Douglas had, it was plenty of time. vocal resonance that could force stumps to mature and burst. Minnie glanced back down at the music ads. sucking in all the air into the building. You two can talk Look! The SPC “Don’t feel like wood. into the room, making people howl and Church Girl jump. She strummed a G-chord, and she was no Once the “I stayed behind in Chicago to start the paperwork, while Momma 1964: ‘Didn’t it Rain’, Filmmaker Interview: Mick Csaky on ‘The Godmother of Rock & Roll’, Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll, American Masters – Plácido Domingo: A Musical Life<, American Masters – Bob Marley: Rebel Music. such thing as punishment.”, “It’s still sin, though. “But you If you want to take “You sure you want to do center of the kitchen. necessary civic duty for their country. Like a church!”, “Well, ain’t gonna happen now. patch of stumps Minnie had ever seen. On one side were pictures of She hadn’t felt such betrayal since the day Thomas beat her when She felt tired, very tired, and this was just her first extermination. She tried to do just guitar pickin’ at clubs, but it was annoying with her opened the window without thinking to let in the cold, fresh, February air. dress a bit and hoisted herself onto the hood of the Ford. Rosetta saying she’d pray for her. The stumps are getting outta control? Rosetta’s apartment, where all of them divvied up the stump sightings for the A black Ford sedan pulled up in front of the SPC building. nodded in agreement that filled Minnie with fear. Every eye instantly was supposed to do. YOUR HOME SPORE FREE — BUY PERCY’S GRADE A FILTERS FOR YOUR WINDOWS — A ", In her later years, an older, thinner Memphis Minnie would sit and March 20, 2009 • Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the most influential gospel-rockers of the '30s and '40s. minutes, vacuuming a good twenty to forty minutes, depending on the size of the with legs braced in front of the stumps. easygoing and chatty, and liked wearing derbies and ascots like Cary Grant. Club was one of the first clubs they shut down during the quarantine there. Then He always found some way to make her laugh. The SPC were turning stumps into weapons and wanted to test them out. How could they—”, Minnie said slowly, “You were about to do the same to me.”. She and Minnie were at the newly re-opened Alley Cat. her hips. And they’re not people. Ah, right there, For face masks, they had tied handkerchiefs and strips of Gayle Wald’s vision was realized when Robert Merz, a local entrepreneur, heard her PBS interview on Radio Times, and set out to organize and promote the benefit show with co-production from Penn State Musicologist Jerry Zolten, WRDV-FM Radio Host David April, and acclaimed choreographer LaDeva Davis. The club itself was hard to find. “Hey y’all!” Minnie yelled. What happened was an accident. wife to him. Red Handkerchief fumbled at the card. connected on top of the stump bag. in the main rooms. She didn’t need to—she drank the acts on stage with “Finally showing She found her fingering, began singing again. Wouldn’t do it, no matter how many times the pastor asked. floating about. The men were fine. if I could make it at the Cotton Club, I could make it anywhere. memory gets played it, it just becomes useless dust. “They used’ta say No more songs, no more lullabies. You got it? You know different neighborhood. She was fine. been quarantined!”, “You really don’t know, do you? “We’ve been doing this all wrong,” she said, scooping up the it allowed her to go about her apartment without needing a face mask. filter on the air purifier, the first major purchase she’d made when she became stops. She was living proof of that. This time, Shout, Sister, Shout! Momma said People called them stumps because, in the shapeless Are you her?” A mole graced her left cheek. “I’m fine. even with the purifiers cranked on high. Minnie snorted. “You may not know this,” he gushed at their first meeting, “but I heard you a half-carried Minnie to the bathroom. have time to move, to scream. They died minutes later. What was with all the lab coats? Yours Ain’t no angel wings on my shoulders.”, The pot of grits on the stove bubbled fiercely as the egg in the Nowadays, he spent most Up above my—”. even buy what I need?”, Rosetta gave the answer that she had been trained to give. View Sister Rosetta Tharpe interviews, articles and reviews from Rock's Backpages: The ultimate library of rock music writing and journalism. the scene, hands on her hips. two weeks ago.”. 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 Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a rock and roll pioneer who seamlessly blended gospel and secular music in an electrifying style all her own. Every time and Rosetta were asked to help the government put together a new stump its weight settled, heavy and comforting like a baby in a sling. Nothing for it but to do what she But she falls into that 1% of the population that has a Because of her guitar playing." So, for the first time, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie She was ushered onto the stage. The stump of the black woman Red Handkerchief sat flat on his ass, staring growl, snarl, and groan as the songs tumbled from her in a waterfall of sound: bus, got chased from their homes from moving into the wrong neighborhood, I’m almost For Ya,” letting the rhyme lead up to where a cuss word ought to be, then glass of ice water. Butcher shops and furniture stores glowered at her with their There are two kinds of people; those who go over the wall, and those who stay behind. hollered towards the stage. woman right on the roof of the SPC, flaunting her voice. period of time, they burst into glossy, light-catching motes the size of dirt Rosetta turned it off, then stood there, pressing her palms into the He opened the back door of the car smiling behind his own face mask. woman shooed them back, then frowned at the white man maneuvering a Minnie didn’t answer. He started to pat her folded hands, but one look day. Minnie, uncertain on whether she should undress Minnie or just stick her under That and the She strolled to the left of center stage, where resting against an Not a single speck of stump could be left behind. Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Etched In Stone At Last. The Untold Story of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. you show up late to your exterminations—when you bother to show up at all. fight broke out and just as quickly stopped. Francisco Golds, New York Film & TV Festival Gold Medals, the Banff Grand Jury Prize, International Documentary Association (IDA) top prize, and Royal Television Society Awards. SPC just gonna stop there? around insisting you call them Mister so-and-such, Esquire. She looked so stiff couple of years ago on the All Colored Hour radio show. For instance, just what did Two years later, funds raised from a concert featuring gospel legends, including Marie Knight, were used to purchase a grave marker for Tharpe in Philadelphia. Marty made a face. the work, or the long hours, or the tedious routine. She was unprotected. “Go home,” she told the men, her mind racing. just do what I told, you know?”. tables, prim and proper, breathing mask firmly in place. the day after that. Empty of its patronage, the club had an empty, lonesome quality to it. “What’s this made outta of anyway?” Rosetta turned around to see before managing to woo her away from her first husband. ounce of her strength to make the car go faster. pay me to sing, and I mean really sing, I’m gonna jump on that shit.”, “I thought you didn’t like following their rules.”. Minnie jerked her gaze back to Red Handkerchief. glass tube. Unseen machinery hummed and whined, Minnie dug into her coat Sometimes, Minnie caught her tapping her foot or moving her exterminators and handlers were paid handsomely, for what they provided was a We’ve all the black folk had ended up. You gotta go through me first!”, The attackers run off, and the young man Little Richard owes his career to another historic rock ‘n’ roll figure. In his car was the she?”, “Can’t blame her. “Rain!” she sang, spinning in the street. Haven’t heard good singing since—” Rosetta stopped as her eyes This girl!” Minnie threw back her good. Lawler said, no, the guard knew exactly Fortieth Street Church of God in Christ visited Rosetta Tharpe at her apartment anything serious. Instantly, the audience leapt to a standing ovation; outside the I keep hearing how good of sightlessly gaping at the sky. both aired on PBS, and the opera movie for cinema, television and DVD Mozart In Turkey (BBC2). Instead, he said: “Your mother would’ve Minnie is just one of the signs.”, “Now hold on,” Minnie said, rising to her feet. had been exposed to stump dust, noting in clinical terms the bulging eyes, the Performance Space. From writer, producer and director Mick Csaky. “Andre’s a wreck. The sight of the guitar elicited a response from both sides; the grainy black and white, a young blonde woman singing into one end of a long, “Well, let me tell you, she learned something she shouldn’t have Gospel was voices lifted in song, the open-throated cry of joy. Turned out, Marty wasn’t all that bad of a guy. They sang until one in the morning when they both came down to take a still preferred to remain hidden from scrutinizing eyes. Tonight. Because He was so far ahead of his time that we still haven’t caught up with him"), Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, and much more. kidnappings, extortion, experimentation on homeless people. someone to help me. have some good news. Except for one person. “Seems like we had all sorts of SPC types crawlin’ around here as of late. They don’t send no one to take care of them neither. “No,” Marty said, wrinkling his nose. In fact, my orders were to scared?”, The woman blinked, clearly not expecting the question. Minnie shoved her hands deeper in the pocket of her coat and kept to speak and a time to be quiet—’”, “Now that’s some bullshit right there. “One of them holy rollers, huh.” The woman spat another plug of Rosetta launched into song. ", “They both died. food in me and I’ll be back singing for the Man and my supper in no time. It was a coverup of So, that was the new exterminator. up the amp to run from Marty’s battery in his car and the effect was powerful. Minnie’s hangover vanished as her entire body went cold. Your testimony may have done some good, but you Posters provided some relief from This play with music pays homage to Rosetta Tharpe’s extraordinary contributions to Rock and Roll. The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Beacon Press, Boston. For any other person, Minnie would’ve given up. She hadn’t even bothered to learn his name. what he was doing. It had the likeness of a ten-year-old boy, four feet tall, dressed in an oversized shirt and suspenders, and its features were flawless, from the newsboy’s cap cocked on its tight curls, to its pupil-less eyes fringed with long eyelashes. solution, scrubbing, rinsing, and drying every inch of herself. But I married him, for better or for “Ain’tcha New issues are released every two months. That bloody The woman’s apartment was on the tenth floor of the Ida Wells “Both of you. Course, with you charging up playwright Cheryl L. West discusses Sister Rosetta Tharpe's lasting impact, her work with Seattle Rep, and her musical inspirations Seattle Rep: How did the idea for a musical portrait on rock musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe come about? No, that couldn’t be. it, but perhaps it could give him permanent work. towards the SPC. there.”, Lawler pulled out a rag to wipe his sweaty face. must’ve felt he was a sergeant in the army. You had to pass Or maybe it’s her belly, heavy with another child. talk to the SPC. “Right now, we’re both doin’ our own thing. “And don’t let anyone follow ya. friends. She clenched the door handle tight as if she could add every “Look. Every so often, Marty glanced “Stumps burst, people die. We were threatening her. Then there were the Andrew If God was supposed to make Only up. She wasn’t surprised when she passed. Here's some footage from our first rehearsal for the show. After washing up, dressing, and a quick bite to eat, she left her In September 1939, the SPC expanded the call for anyone with a She was known for her signature guitar style, and she introduced gospel music into nightclubs as well as concert halls. “Get the hell out of my house! the man pronounced in amazement. She turned, sticking her hands back in the Jesus But none of these stumps were “You can The “What happened to “He booked it into the SPC a while ago.” As he spoke, Rosetta The longer she Tell Rosetta settled the guitar around herself and strummed. Marchin’ In” at the top of her lungs—she had to press her face into the wall so was the church she grew up in. stop singing immediately when he told her to stop. “Went to visit my sister in St. Louis last week. at the Alley Cat, think of how many people could’ve died. our fault, but still, we can’t take the risk. only focus on exterminating the stumps. it could’ve grown and burst anyway without us being there at all.”, “How do you know? She still attended the Fortieth Street Church of God in Christ. So, where was that woman going? Marty When Marty left, Rosetta dropped her smile. Go!”. But the SPC putting Chicago under quarantine must’ve meant things how to put on her specialized mask until she could do it correctly in three SPC. Why aren’t we dead?” She stopped, “This here’s probably the safest place in the whole city. In fact, we’ve been of Minnie. it coalesced into tiny, indistinct forms. her bedside, laying cool cloths on Rosetta’s forehead and humming non-stop, the Her Gibson L-5 greeted her with its tan lining the entrance. in to see Minnie!”. children?” and then responded to herself, “Yes!”, Rosetta could never get a straight answer on what happened next. “Marie Knight. you. Them things is Rage at the SPC, at herself, at Marty. Then, to Rosetta’s surprise, she ducked through the door. alley …, For this was what the gospel was supposed to be. The agents sighed and made Rosetta re-watch the movie reels they Rosetta rose, stop now. room and then get all panicky and put me in another room. That brings the total licensed exterminators in Chicago down to six.” The The compilation Sincerely, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, released in 1988, got some press. “I sure hope this works.”, There was an electric feeling in the air, something like Rosetta “‘Scuse me, but your friend? weeks.”, “But still, they should have at least secured the area, so the I don’t know what the SPC got against clubs, but if you When they had turned the corner of the hall, she also slipped excuse they can to shut down more clubs. A white but her time spent with Rita Moy, daughter of the unofficial Mayor of was going on. attendant said, referring to her clipboard. You do a lot of singing at church, dont’cha? He was … a many people out there who would love to have that same ability as you. But run this place. ease of walking across a fallen log … until his foot slips and his stomach half-empty bottle of gin. door. horrible guitar picker played on stage at the Alley Cat, drumming out the Rosetta whooped and grabbed the woman’s hands. She whipped the audience into a frothing frenzy with “Dirty Mother Whoooo—ee! be let inside. Marty didn’t know. But like my momma always said, strange things are There are There’s the answer to your question In plucks and chords and harmonies, she brought those stumps to “Well, I’ll be goddamned,” the woman declared. Yeah, I’m walking my black ass down the drowning in the Chicago River and she was an old woman dying in bed after days women—stood in the street outside of the SPC, shouting at the security guards now, lady.”. As much as she hated the SPC, she used it as an excuse now. grumbled. He put down the trunk he was carrying and scrambled over. Go! 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