Written July 01, 2013
Here's a movie with all the ingredients one could ask for: Virtuoso film making, fascinating topic, unflagging momentum, compelling subjects who are fleshed out so you really care about them, a story you will never forget. Interweaving multiple narratives and vintage footage, this documentary places front and forward the lives, the talents, the professional triumphs and heartbreaks of half a dozen backup singers to the well known names of the music world over the past 40 years.
After seeing this documentary, you will never again hear or watch a pop performance without sparing a thought for the nameless singers, the backups, who are such an essential part of not only a hit song's success, but that of the principal singer's career. This is a deeply moving film in both its human dimension and its engrossing musical survey.
In a season when almost every movie in current distribution is the pits, "20 Feet From Stardom" shines like an ingot of gold. Don;t miss it.
Written August 28, 2014
Really enjoyed seeing the talent of the people who back-up the stars. I've wondered for a long time who the talented singer was who sang Gimme Shelter with Mick Jagger. This movie is also a great life lesson that you may be "as or more talented " than better known stars but sometimes that's still not enough to be as successful. Music was great too. Go see this!
Written November 21, 2014
The film was very enjoyable. A must for any fan who appreciates the work of the background singer and the trial and tribulations that they've gone through.
Written August 24, 2013
Great movie. Some of the music was spectacular. I'm a great Darlene Love fan, but I was surprised at how talented some of the others were.
Written August 12, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this especially because it reflected on "my" era and heroes.