Fanny: The Right to Rock

96 mins.
Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart
NR
2021

June Millington, co-founder and lead guitarist of Fanny, joins us in person for a post-screening Q&A.

A Western Massachusetts resident, Millington is also the co-founder of the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen, MA. 


“Revivify Fanny. And my work is done.” – David Bowie

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 evolve into the legendary rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label (Warner/Reprise, 1970).

Despite releasing 5 critically-acclaimed albums over 5 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 bandmates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal.

With 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.