Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly

Before Elvis, the pioneering women of rockabilly music were rough and ready rebels in a world that was not quite ready for them.

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PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
March 1, 2002
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Beth Harrington

Beth Harrington is an award-winning independent producer, director, and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. She has been making media professionally since 1977. Her independent production Welcome to the Club — The Women of Rockabilly, a music documentary about the pioneering women of rock and roll, was honored with a 2003 Show more Grammy nomination and has been seen on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. In a previous lifetime, she was a rock & roll singer, most noted for her years as a member of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers on the Warner Brothers Sire Records label. She is in post-production on The Winding Stream – The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music, a music history and performance film. The film features members of the Carter and Cash families and includes an interview with the legendary Johnny Cash. Show less

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The Film

Sure, Elvis was the King, but who was the Queen? Welcome to the Club searches for the "Female Elvis," an encounter with the pioneering women of rockabilly music. Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson, and a sassy cast of lesser known but no less colorful pretenders to the throne describe their unique contribution to early rock.