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Fanny: The Right to Rock

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Canada · 2021
1h 32m
Director Bobbi Jo Hart
Starring June Millington, Jean Millington, Alice de Buhr, Nickey Barclay
Genre Documentary, Music

This documentary highlights the untold story of a Filipina-American California garage band, Fanny, which became the first all-female band to release an LP with a major label. Most of their legacy has been lost to time, but fifty years later, the bandmates reunite for a second chance to right the wrongs of history.

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Sometimes, the greatest tales in rock n’ roll involve bands or singers who haven’t made the Hall of Fame or made the playlists for classic rock stations. If you want both the best sounds or the best stories, you have to search. Thankfully, Bobbi Jo Hart has saved the rest of us a lot of effort with her new documentary Fanny: The Right to Rock. She doesn’t have to exert herself to prove that the early 70s combo deserves a place in the pantheon. The ample performance clips from the era speak for themselves loudly.


Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

Even if it still isn’t the band’s time (as Bowie might say), Fanny: The Right to Rock is essential viewing for every student of rock history, not to mention feminism.


The New York Times by Teo Bugbee

What the movie showcases best from its subjects, then, is the humor and ease of women who have survived a lifetime of setbacks and strife. Fanny has already proven itself — what’s left is for us to enjoy its growing catalog.

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