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Jerry Zolten appears in video celebrating Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Jerry Zolten Credit: Chris YounkenAll Rights Reserved.

ALTOONA, Pa. — Gibson Brands, the world's most iconic guitar brand, is honoring Sister Rosetta Tharpe in a two-part conversation about her and how she changed music. Tharpe is the trailblazing Godmother of Rock & Roll and the First Lady of Gibson.

Jerry Zolten, professor of communication arts and sciences and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, is featured in part one, offering his thoughts and commentary on Tharpe. The video can be viewed on Facebook.

Part two takes a look at Tharpe's influence on music and culture. 

Last Updated February 23, 2021