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Watch Now – Feature Documentary, “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” (On The Birth Of The Blues)

Received another email from California Newsreel, alerting us that the full-length documentary, Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues, is available to watch for free online through the month of March, in celebration of Women’s History Month; so you’re encouraged to head over there and give it a look.

In short, the 1989 58-minute film “shows how the blues were born out of the economic and social transformation of African American life early in this century. It recaptures the lives and times of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and the other legendary women who made the blues a vital part of American culture. The film brings together for the first time dozens of rare, classic renditions of the early blues.

You can read more about the documentary HERE.

The film, produced and directed by Christine Dall, will be available for viewing through the end of March. So, you’ve got a couple of weeks+ to check it out. I plan to do so myself.

Click HERE (or the image above) to go to the California Newsreel page where you can watch the film in its entirety!

4 comments to Watch Now – Feature Documentary, “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” (On The Birth Of The Blues)

  • Valerie Hawkins

    The woman who absolutely SLAYS Ida Cox’s song Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues is Miss Francine Reed. There’s a version on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2-qXzEl8ig – She usually sings behind Lyle Lovett on his tours but there’s always room put aside for Francine to sing this song. I think there would be a riot if there wasn’t–I’m not kidding! The Lyle Lovett concert I went to a few years ago at completely sedate Ravinia — an outdoor stage set in the northern Illinois woods — there was this HUGE ROAR audience response when this song started up, with women standing up and clapping and yelling and rushing up to the stage, WOW!

  • Melissa

    Would love to see this! Such intriguing history!

  • Vanessa

    great video…I really enjoyed this.

  • artbizzy

    This was so great! I didn’t know about some of the other singers as much – like Ida Goodson or even Mamie Smith. Great footage.