From Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, they are the women who broke the rules, creating their own legacy of how to live, love, and sing truth to power through the blues. The men's side of the tradition is well known, but the blues-women's story, from the earliest days of the music to its present day sounds, is finally being told.
Tune in to hear the musical tale of blues and the women who have sung it through the decades.
Buzzy Jackson, historian and author of "A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them"
Lisa Thorson, jazz and blues vocalist, professor at The Berklee College of Music
Patti Smith, singer, songwriter, performer. Her latest album is "Trampin' ."
This program aired on February 25, 2005.