Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues

The documentary “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues,” tells the story of the blues, a uniquely American music form. Born out of the economic and social transformation of African American life early in the 20th century, the blues eloquently capture both suffering and resilience.  The film features many of the often overlooked women who were pioneers of the blues, including Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, and Ethel Waters.  This short clip (7:04) gives you a preview:

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the good folks at California Newsreel are offering by a free preview of the entire film through the end of March.  Great for classes on race, gender, culture, American studies and women’s studies.