by Max Brantley
The New York Times on Sunday offers a first chapter from new books. This week it's from Gayle Wald's, "Shout, Sister, Shout: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe." The famous gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born in Cotton Plant in 1915. She crossed over to pop music in the 1930s with her composition, "This Train" and is credited with influencing the likes of Little Richard, Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. The first chapter will tell you plenty you didn't know about life in Cotton Plant back in her day.
Click here for a YouTube clip of Tharpe rocking on "Down by the Riverside."