Patti Quatro & Brie Darling from the Rock Band Fanny

Welcome Patti & Brie:

We’re joined on the Starline by two women who were part of the most important all female rock bands you’ve never heard of. Their documentary “Fanny: The Right to Rock” is out. We welcome Patti Quatro and Brie Darling.

Ladies, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Brie, you’ve known the women of Fanny since you were sixteen.  How has your appreciation grown? You achieved this fighting sexism, anti- immigrant sentiment, now ageism and more?

Patti, David Bowie said of Fanny; “One of the most important bands in American rock has been buried without a trace”. Legend after legend show you respect now. People think you should have gotten it decades ago?

How has music touched your lives?

One Big Question:

How would you want Fanny to be remembered by your fans?

What would be say if Fanny launched today?

As inspiring is your story, what’s your message for young women today who want to be in a rock and roll band today?

The Wrap:

You better respect Fanny! The documentary “Fanny: The Right to Rock” is out now. We thank Patti Quatro and Brie Darling for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends, is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

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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; yet Fanny’s groundbreaking impact was erased from history. They also toured with famed bands from SLADE to CHICAGO. Even amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie. Until band mates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal.

Stars talk:

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 B-52s’ 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. The constant pressure, inner band struggles and failure to get that #1 hit may have thwarted their journey to stardom in an era when the media and general public were not ready to embrace women as rock stars. But, as we discover in FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK, the band’s influence on female performers who followed their groundbreaking legacy was epic.

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