· Women Who Rock was directed by Carol
Stein and Susan Wittenberg. They worked closely with the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and Museum. (The Museum currently features a related exhibition, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,
which runs through February 2012.)
· “Women Who Rock”, hosted by Cyndi
Lauper, airs as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on November 18th at 9PM EST
on PBS (check local listings).
· The PBS Arts Fall Festival is a
multiplatform event anchored by nine films that highlight artists and
performances from around the country.
· “Women Who Rock” features the stories
of trailblazers like Bessie Smith, Ma Raney, Mother Maybelle, and Mahalia
Jackson as well as contemporary stars Darlene Love, Bonnie Raitt, Cyndi Lauper,
Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples, Deborah Harry, and Kathleen Hanna of the bands
Bikini Kill and Le Tigre.
· The program breaks the female
influence on rock and roll into distinct eras, starting with the music’s blues
roots in the 1920s and ‘30s. It
travels forward through time, telling stories of rock and roll’s emergence in
the 1950s, the girl group and counterculture era of the ‘60s, disco and punk in
the ‘70s, celebrations of empowerment and fun throughout the ‘80s, into today’s
predominance of women in pop, and much more.
· For more
information, visit pbs.org/arts.