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Lovely Freda Responds Discreetly
The Beatles' longtime secretary takes center stage
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Lovely Freda was (and still is) Freda Kelly, the Liverpudlian secretary who took a job when she was just a teenager, in 1962, answering fan mail for the four Liverpudlians whose new band was on fire at the local club scene. Of course, we know the story of the Fab Four and while – after 11 years with them – Freda certainly knew more than any of us, she never told..."

True love overcomes convention in this stylish, earnest romance.
Film Review  May 18, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Can love transcend the limitations of sexual identity, and if so, can that love exist anywhere beyond the confines of a bell jar? These are questions for another movie. Anything is simply the story of how Early Landry (Lynch) and Freda Von Rhenburg (Bomer) meet and fall in love..."

Nowhere but Texas
A long, lost cosmic country artifact resurfaces.
Music Story  December 13, 2002, by Margaret Moser
"...At first, the fire is hidden in the smoke. Twelve bell-bottom bluesy country songs on a new CD, produced for vinyl in 1972 by Atlantic Records legend Jerry Wexler, performed by progressive country pioneers Freda & the Firedogs for a debut that never came out..."

Zucchini Kill Serves Up Riot Grrrl Cupcakes to the People
Local punk power trio opens vegan and gluten-free bakeshop
Food Story  September 28, 2017, by Alisha McDarris
"...She knew she couldn't do it alone. Fortuitously, Loessin was the guitarist in all-female punk band Bondage with drummer Jessica Freda, the former co-owner of Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery..."

Austin Chefs Share Their Holiday Traditions
Try something completely different this year
Food Story  December 22, 2016, by Veronica Meewes
"...Other current offerings available this holiday season include coq au champagne with caramelized onion latkes, almond crusted pork basteeya with mother sauce, and falafel with tartar, lardo, smoked mushrooms, and watercress. Freda Cheng, Freda's..."

SXSW 2013 Film Reviews: Good Ol' Freda
Freda Kelly worked with the Beatles longer than they even worked together
Screens Story  March 15, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Good Ol' FredaDocumentary Spotlight, World Premiere D: Ryan White..."

Freda & the Firedogs Reviewed
Music Review  December 13, 2002, by Margaret Moser
"...Freda & the Firedogs(Plug)Supernatural Family BandLubbock Lights (Akashic)The Contenders(Gadfly)Greezy Wheels"Finding Happiness"/"Monkey in the Church" (Tana)..."

SXSW Music: Doug Sahm Tribute
PHOTO GALLERY  March 22, 2015
"...Freda & the Firedogs..."

Familiar Features at Dallas International Film Festival
Revisit some favorites that hit Austin already
DAILY Screens  April 4, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Good Ol' Freda..."

SXSW Film Unveils March Lineup
So much ado!
DAILY Screens  January 31, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Good Ol' Freda Director: Ryan White The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years..."

The Whole Bow
Alvin Crow fiddled it his way
Music Story  November 12, 2004, by Margaret Moser
"...Freda & the Firedogs were also among the acts emerging that year, as was a San Antonio native who'd twice hit the charts in the Sixties and relocated to Austin. Doug Sahm had also been the poster boy for a peculiar, Southwestern crossbreed of garage rock that evolved into an indefinable, unmistakably Texas sound..."

Spangles and High Heels
Dreams come true, just ask "Her Tallness," Marcia Ball.
Music Story  June 20, 2003, by Margaret Moser
"..."I sang 'Me and Bobby McGee,'" recalls Ball, and it was a most auspicious performance. Three weeks later, she and Smith had a new band: Freda & the Firedogs...."

“Minimum Wage Is Not Livable”
Workers get paid, but the fight for fair wages is far from over
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Jack Craver
"...Freda Lacy, a 33-year-old single mother of four who attended Saturday's protest, jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the fight for higher wages when she was approached by organizers as an employee at Taco Bell. She said many of her co-workers, particularly undocumented immigrants, were hesitant to challenge management..."

SXSW Music List 10
The Damned, 2 Chainz, War on Drugs, and 242 more added
DAILY Music  March 6, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Locally, 30 more acts join the music conference, among them melodic punks Riverboat Gamblers, recent Chronicle coverboys DoWrong & Eric Dingus, former Johnny Cash pianist Earl Poole Ball, and Marcia Ball’s cosmic country survivors Freda & the Firedogs...."

Waltz Across Texas
Is the Broken Spoke being edged off South Lamar?
Music Story  August 2, 2013, by Margaret Moser
"..."I booked Alvin Crow in 1973, same year Freda & the Firedogs played here – Marcia Ball's band," recalls White about the capital's seminal cosmic cowboy days. "Freda & the Firedogs came in to play a benefit for Lloyd Doggett and drew 500 people..."

Magic Gathering at SXSW Film
Carell & Buscemi comedy ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ to open fest
DAILY Screens  January 15, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Indie film provocateur Harmony Korine will unspool Spring Breakers, aka the movie that put James Franco in cornrows and Disney Channel alum Vanessa Hudgens in a very un-Disneylike three-way. British indie Everyone’s Going to Die will cross the pond for its premiere, while Music badgeholders will want to queue up for Downloaded, Alex Winter’s documentary look at Napster, and Good Ol’ Freda, Ryan White’s documentary about the Beatles’ secretary Freda Kelly...."

Cactus Cafe Closing Is Deeply Saddening
Postmarks  February 15, 2010
"...Willis Alan and John Hartford on I-35. Freda and the Firedogs at Split Rail..."

Off the Record
Weighing in on the Live Music Task Force's recommendations to City Council and casting a ballot for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Music Column  November 21, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...Marcia Ball doesn't remember the last time she played with Freda & the Firedogs, her progressive-country outfit that was produced by Atlantic Records' Jerry Wexler and backed Doug Sahm upon his return from the Bay Area in the early 1970s (see "Nowhere but Texas," Dec. 13, 2002)..."

Dancing About Architecture
Everything from 20+ years ago is coming back, starting with Elvis Costello.
Music Column  October 11, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Besides Joe "King-- Carrasco & El Molino, I mean, which you might have noticed we have a Music feature on this week. No, I'm talking about the Freda & the Firedogs' self-titled Atlantic Records non-release, a record that was set to give major national exposure to the then-fresh outlaw country movement in Texas..."

Bobby Earl Smith
Music Review  February 16, 2001, by Jerry Renshaw
"...In the early/mid Seventies, Freda & the Firedogs' brand of local country-rock attracted the attention of über-producer Jerry Wexler, who came to Austin to sign the band, but wound up signing Willie Nelson and producing the watershed twofer of Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages instead. Freda & the Firedogs, whose Wexler-produced debut remains unreleased, introduced Marcia Ball and John X..."

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