Welcome to this week’s installment of the Scholars & Rogues SVR, which promises to start strong and then go downhill like a runaway shopping cart.
First up: If you’ve never heard or heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, educate yourself. This woman, a gospel legend who could play a mean blues guitar, inspired no less than Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Little Richard and countless others who are generally accorded rock pioneer status. She predated them all.
Next, here’s a perfrmance from Nicole Richie’s dad that may help explain why she was sent to the hoosegow the other day (although it doesn’t explain why the little tramp was turned loose after only 82 minutes).
We close with an exhibition that illustrates the evils of American cultural imperialism in a way that an army of university Marxist scholars could never hope to match.
Have a nice weekend, and Free Earl Hickey!
[Thx: Mike Sheehan for Sister Rosetta Tharpe item, Jennifer Angliss for the Lionel Richie tip, and no thanks at all to Staff Cartoonist Nick Langewis for inflicting the big Finnish on us…]