Fanny: The Right to Rock

Fanny: The Right to Rock

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Provided by PBS

Learn more about the life and revival of this groundbreaking all-female rock group in 1970s America.

Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart and winner of the coveted Hot Docs Audience Choice Award, Fanny: The Right to Rock reveals the fascinating untold story of a phenomenal band that were dubbed the “female Beatles”. It premieres Monday, May 22, 2023 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Sometime in the late 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 evolve into the groundbreaking rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label (Warner/Reprise w/ Grammy winning producer Richard Perry). 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 incredible archival footage of the band's rocking past, intercut with its revival with a new rock record deal, 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 B-52s’ 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.