Women Who Rock Videos

Artists & Sidewomen

Below are brief clips of women who had vision, passion and power and helped propel American popular music forward. Each video is from an interview of the artist or sidewoman by members of the Rock Hall Education Department.  These videos are archived at our Library & Archives. Click on the image to watch.

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Carol Kaye

Carol Kaye, bass player for the Wrecking Crew, recounts what it was like to be one of very few women session players in the 1960s. 


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Ruth Brown

Inductee Ruth Brown recounts her signing with Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic Records during a Hall of Fame Series interview in February 1998.

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The Staple Singers

Inductee Mavis Staples describes the crossover success of the Staple Singers during a Hall of Fame Series interview in July 1999.

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Martha Reeves

Inductee Martha Reeves details the story behind her biggest hit, "Dancing in the Street," during a Hall of Fame Series interview in June 1996.

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Maxine Powell

Maxine Powell, the head of Motown's infamous finishing school, is joined onstage by the Velvelettes to discuss her days at Motown during the Rock Hall's 1997 Black History Month celebration.

 

 


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