One of the blogs I follow, Racism Review, tipped me off to this great documentary about the founding queens of the Blues. Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Ida Cox are only a few of the legendary blues singers whose rare recordings are collected in this hour long documentary. Produced in 1989, the documentary is being previewed for free through the end of this month.
You have ten days to watch & listen to some of the greatest blues voices on record courtesy of the California Newsreel organization. According to Racism Review:
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.
Read the official description from Newsreel. This film is great for anyone who wants to learn more about early 20th century American History through the lives of the women who described it best. You can see a short preview of the film below or go directly to Newsreel.org for the whole documentary. Stay tuned, I think Rhonda has a great story about Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith she’s dying to tell.