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Women Who Rock

Airs Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of "Women Who Rock" exhibit opening and benefit photos courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio

Above: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (l-r) Darlene Love, Mavis Staples and Ronnie Spector perform "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on stage with Cyndi Lauper (second from right) at the Rock Hall's It's Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit Concert on May 14, 2011.

From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary vibrates with energy as it traces the indelible mark that amazing women musicians have made on America’s soundtrack.

Inspired by the “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, “Women Who Rock” reveals new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, while exploring how those dynamics between the sexes have changed with time.

Cyndi Lauper, who appears in the program, hosts. The film is produced by Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein with assistance from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The evening’s presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station WVIZ/PBS ideastream®. "Women Who Rock" airs as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Preview: Women Who Rock

Women are the 21st century's top-grossing recording artists. This film tells the story of how we got here, tracing the earliest women musicians from the 1920's to the mega stars of today.

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