Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic by Sikivu Hutchinson – Book Promo

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic by Sikivu Hutchinson – Book Promo

Sponsored Post – Today we welcome author Sikivu Hutchinson with her Promotional Post for her upcoming new release ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic: The Life and Times of Rory Tharpe‘, which will be released on 9th April 2021.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic: The Life and Times of Rory Tharpe

Author – Sikivu Hutchinson
Publisher – Infidel Books
Pages – 420
Release Date – 9th April 2021
ISBN 13 – 978-0578852362
Format – ebook

Synopsis Rock n Roll Heretic

“Those white boys on the major labels would never give an inch to a Negro woman playing race music.”

It’s the late 1970s, and ex-Pentecostal Black female electric guitarist Rory Tharpe navigates the cutthroat world of corporate rock, dive bars, dusk-to-dawn recording sessions, and shady contracts as she travels the nation in a dilapidated tour bus with her bickering, boozing all-male band.

Much-imitated and little-credited, Rory is in a late career tailspin when she goes on tour with international superstar Jude Justis, a white woman blues-rock singer who has built a turbulent mega-platinum career out of stealing from Black musicians. Broke and frustrated by the racism, sexism, and ageism of the rock boys’ club, Rory warily joins forces with Jude. She then takes a detour through the painful past she shares with childhood nemesis Divinity Mason Mulvaney, a maverick pastor at the helm of the mega church enterprise Revivals, Inc.

A homage to pioneering guitarist Rosetta Tharpe, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic is a bracing look at the power politics, heartbreak, and hypocrisy confronting a queer Black woman visionary at the intersection of music and commerce, faith and heresy, in a segregated music industry that eats its Black artists.

What reviewers’ are saying:

“If you love fearless, bold, unapologetic strong leads, then Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic is for you. Paying homage to the great trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, this book is filled with twists and turns that will leave you rethinking rock music as you know it. Sikivu has created a masterpiece that will challenge history and entertain readers for years.” – Malina Moye, electric guitarist, international recording artist, and co-founder of the Drive Hope Foundation.

“I really enjoyed this book with its ups and downs, excellent settings, warmth and humour. Definitely recommended!” – B R Maycock, Author

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic is a powerful, unflinching, unforgettable, wild ride journey into the struggles a vigorous Black queer woman artist endures to survive in an industry that does not
want her there. Every daunting step Rory takes towards her rock ambitions leads her further back to a haunting childhood and Pentecostal past. On the edge of defeat, her trusty guitar is the armor that guards her sanity, allowing her to break through the “isms” that threaten to overshadow her contributions to Rock ‘n’ Roll.” – Samantha “Ghetto SongBird” Hollins, Rock ‘n’ Roll singer-songwriter-guitarist

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Sikivu Hutchinson is the author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical, and the novel, play and film short White Nights, Black Paradise, on African American women, Peoples Temple, and the 1978 Jonestown massacre.

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12 Responses

  1. Nadene says:

    Sounds like quite a thought provoking read.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    She sounds badass

  3. Ooh I love the sound of this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. vidya says:

    sounds like such a cool read; I do enjoy reading biographies recently so keeping this on my radar

  5. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Robin Loves Reading says:

    This books sounds good. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Wow! Thanks for writing about this one; it’s one I never would have found on my own, I’m certain!

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