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Rockabilly Lives On, Whether Male Or Female!

8/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
9 December 2008

This hour-long documentary pays homage to a group of ladies who were far lesser-known that their male counterparts in the early years of rock 'n roll. They, like Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and others, were performers on the cutting edge of 'rock, singing a mixture of country and rock which became to be known as "rockabilly."

This documentary doesn't get too political, crying over injustice of the women not getting the attention the men got, but it points it out and then shows us the talents of four female "rockabilly" performers of the era (mainly the 1950s). They are Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson Brenda Lee, and Lorrie Collins (with younger brother Larry as part of the "Collins Kids.") What really impressed me was who these women were today and their wonderful attitudes about the past and the present.

There is no bitterness, just some good memories and an appreciation that they are in demand today, some 40-50 years later! They all look pretty good, too, especially Brenda Lee who still has that youthful face.

Lee is probably the best-known of the group. Although it's not mentioned on this DVD, her Christmas song plays over loudspeakers in malls and about everywhere in every Christmas season.

It's mentioned here that Martin was "the female Elvis," the first big female rocker who moved and sang like "The King." She's still performing, as are all the others.

Jackson has some interesting stories about how she became a Christian, did Christian songs for about a decade and then was asked to come back when rockabilly was revived and has now done both ever since.

Collins and her brother both look good, too, and relate about how they split up for a while with some very bad feelings but now they, too, are back and performing.

That's the nicest part of this whole story that is on this documentary: the fact all are being recognized (better late than never) by a whole new generation who really appreciates their singing and playing. Nowhere are they more appreciated than in England, which has always revered the early rock and blues singers of America.

Although I was impressed with every lady here, the one person who stunned me was little Larry Collins. His big sister did the singing, but seeing the old black-and-white footage of that little 10-12-year-old playing the guitar and strutting on stage like Perkins and Presley combined. He was amazing, and a great guitar player, too. Like the women mentioned here, it's too bad he never became a star, either.

Whatever, all of these people come across a good folks and all of them are happy to still be entertaining people who love their music.

Long live rockabilly!

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About time they got some respect

Author: 51styleline from United States
22 September 2005

This little known documentary was seen on some PBS stations and thats kinda sad. This one needs to be shown to the whole world. From the start it handles it's subject matter with respect and awe, as should everyone of us. I've been a fan of rockabilly for years but still found a lot in this documentary to absorb and be enlightened by. Too many people automatically think of cats like Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis when they hear the word Rockabilly and while they deserve the recognition they have received, these ladies show who the real power houses of the scene were. You'll not only be entertained and educated by this film, you'll also be moved. These are real ladies no matter how hard they rock. Look at how much Janis Martin puts into her performance , even today and you'll see I'm right.

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