Written June 29, 2013
Real people. Real pain. Real Joy. Backup singers deserve a lot of love. I will never see them the same way again. Best movie in years. And I go to a movie every week.
Written August 07, 2013
Exceptionally talented Background singers on Motown, Rock, and Folk music are covered from the 1960s thru today. You'll recognize many of the voices. You'll be surprised by who started as singing backup. It delves into their quest for stardom and in some cases success and in other cases not so much. But in all cases, a love for music and singing outshines everything. Includes performances from then and now. Very moving and entertaining.
Written August 01, 2014
I just heard about this movie yesterday. Watched the previews and I had to go. I chose to see this over Wolverine, which I will see next week, but boy am I glad I chose 20 Feet from Stardom. Growing up in a music family, I saw the good and bad sides of the music industry. I checked out this movie today and it was DYNAMITE, but for the life of me, I can't see why Judith Hill was in this documentary. She's backed by a lot of Black singers. M Jackson, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, her voice lacks Raw Soul that touches you. Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Claudia Lennear, Tata Vega are Legends, who except the last two appear to be mentoring Hill. I'm glad Darlene Love exposed Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The same crook, taking millions for charter schools and real property. Finally these women are getting their Flowers before they pass on. If you grew up during a time when singers sang, musicians played instruments and remember the classics, this is the movie!
Written January 26, 2015
This film is beautifully made. Fans of rock, soul, and R & B will not be disappointed. There are plenty of archival clips and contemporary footage tracing the careers of Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, and some other singers. The singing is fantastic. My wife, who is not the music historian that I am, was just as captivated. She couldn't wait to put on Gimme SHelter when we got to the car.
Written July 28, 2014
Great film ,very informative. Gives a whole new aspect to the business of stardom and what it takes to become the one out front. Great singing, I want the album.