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Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly (2001)

Their stage antics were sassy, bordering on aggressive. Their vocal styles featured distinctly "unladylike" growls, hiccups and moans. Their lyrics spoke of parties and hot rods, ... See full summary »


Beth Harrington


Beth Harrington
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Credited cast:
Roy Acuff ... Himself (archive footage)
Charline Arthur Charline Arthur ... Himself (archive footage)
La Vern Baker La Vern Baker ... Herself (archive footage)
Mary Bufwack Mary Bufwack ... Herself (as Mary A. Bufwack)
Johnny Burnette Johnny Burnette ... Himself (archive footage)
Rosanne Cash ... Narrator
Larry Collins Larry Collins ... Himself
Lorrie Collins Lorrie Collins ... Herself
Al Dowling Al Dowling ... Himself (archive footage) (as Big Al Dowling)
Rusty Goodman Rusty Goodman ... Himself (archive footage)
Wanda Jackson ... Herself
Brenda Lee ... Herself
The Maddox Brothes and Rose The Maddox Brothes and Rose ... Themselves (archive footage)
Janis Martin Janis Martin ... Herself
Robert K. Oermann Robert K. Oermann ... Himself (as Robert Oermann)


Their stage antics were sassy, bordering on aggressive. Their vocal styles featured distinctly "unladylike" growls, hiccups and moans. Their lyrics spoke of parties and hot rods, flirtations and teen angst. To say that women such as Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee, Janis Martin and Lorrie Collins were ahead of their time is a gross understatement. Uniquely American artists, yet loved by enclaves of dedicated fans the world over, these were the women of rockabilly music, rock and roll's country cousin. For a few brief moments, they burst onto a predominantly male scene with an unprecedented musical message of female assertiveness. They not only bucked the staid notion of what was appropriate to sing as a country star, but they also rejected the models of post-war femininity that were being marketed in the wider culture, models of suburban wedded bliss and a return to "traditional" motherhood. Some of these women were part of a natural evolution in country music, others were the product of ... Written by Official website, Beth Harrington Productions

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About time they got some respect
22 September 2005 | by 51stylelineSee all my reviews

This little known documentary was seen on some PBS stations and thats kinda sad. This one needs to be shown to the whole world. From the start it handles it's subject matter with respect and awe, as should everyone of us. I've been a fan of rockabilly for years but still found a lot in this documentary to absorb and be enlightened by. Too many people automatically think of cats like Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis when they hear the word Rockabilly and while they deserve the recognition they have received, these ladies show who the real power houses of the scene were. You'll not only be entertained and educated by this film, you'll also be moved. These are real ladies no matter how hard they rock. Look at how much Janis Martin puts into her performance , even today and you'll see I'm right.

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