There’s always been resistance in the United States to black people performing and listening to rock and roll music, says Latonya Pennington, but “fortunately, black people—especially black women—have found ways to reclaim the genre in recent years.”

Ironically, black women helped create the genre, which has its roots of course in blues, country, jazz, gospel, and R&B.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe became known as “The Godmother of Rock n’ Roll” because she sang gospel while playing an electric guitar, and went on to influence Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard,” notes Pennington.

The contributions of black musicians to rock are rarely recognized, has a lot to do with the whitewashing of rock music and stereotyping of black musicians and music listeners, which associates those musicians and music fans only with hip-hop, R&B and pop.

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