Saturday, June 22, 2024

True story of ‘world first’ all-female rock band, Fanny

New doco tells an incredible story of all-women rock talent behind the band, Fanny.

Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would morph into the legendary and ferocious rock group Fanny, one of the very first all-women bands to sign with a major record label.

Fanny the band

Yet, despite releasing five critically-acclaimed albums over five years, touring with famed bands from Slade to Chicago and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny’s groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history…until now, with the feature-length documentary, Fanny: The Right To Rock.

From director Bobbi Jo Hart, Fanny: The Right To Rock, winner of the Rogers Audience Choice Award at Hot Docs, charts the group’s formation, their rise, fall, and more recent reformation 50 years after their founding with a new album release, and covers the misogyny, bigotry and other roadblocks they faced along the way.

Featuring incredible archival footage of the band’s rocking past intercut with its next chapter releasing a new LP today, the film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Bonnie Raitt, The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine, Todd Rundgren, The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, The B52’s Kate Pierson, Charles Neville and David Bowie guitarist and bassist Earl Slick and Gail Ann Dorsey. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock ‘n’ roll fame.

What the critics are saying:

Fanny: The Right to Rock remains thoroughly engaging thanks to the demonstrable talent and brassy forthrightness of its central personalities. There’s no whiff of “nostalgia act” to their current music — these women are born rock lifers who clearly never stopped evolving creatively, even if the hoped-for commercial rewards never quite arrived.”— Dennis Harvey, Variety 

“Intense hard rock. Searing guitar solos. Serious strutting on stage with no sexual posturing. These aren’t things you often associate with female musicians. So props to Bobbi Jo Hart, whose documentary…puts the spotlight on the groundbreaking all-women rock group that too few people have ever heard of. Credit racism, sexism and homophobia to consigning this outfit of excellent musicians, the first women’s band to secure a record deal with a major label, to near oblivion.”— Susan G. Cole, POV Magazine 

In-theatre playdates for Fanny: The Right To Rock are here:

New York Quad Cinemas May 27, 2022
Los Angeles, CA The Landmark Westwood June 3, 2022
Irvine, CA Regal Westpark 8 June 3, 2022
Nashville Belcourt Theatre June 6, 2022
Atlanta Regal UA Tara Cinemas 4 June 10, 2022
Albuquerque Regal High Ridge 8 June 10, 2022
Portland, OR Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10 June 10, 2022
Knoxville, TN Regal Downtown West 8 June 10, 2022
Austin, TX Regal Arbor 8 June 10, 2022
Vancouver, WA The Kiggins Theatre June 10, 2022

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