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Black History Month Resources: African-American Women in Rock

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Search through the Rock Hall's archival collections here, including photographs, manuscripts, business records, posters, handbills, recordings, and much more from performers, bands, record label executives, recording studios, and the fans themselves!

If you're onsite at the Museum or Library & Archives, please use this link to get to the online catalog.

African-American Women Inductees


The Library and Archives can help you learn more about these artists via our audio collection.  Some suggestions, below.


Rock Hall Interviews

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 by members of the Rock Hall Education Department. These videos are archived at the Library and Archives. Click on the image to watch.

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

Inductee Darlene Love talks about rock and roll during a Hall of Fame Series interview in May 2011

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


These are just a few of the DVDs available for viewing at the Library and Archives.

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