Written July 14, 2013
This movie was stupendous. Learning about the Waters family and how much they contributed and performed on all kinds of venues including down the title song of Growing Pains,
Also great interviews with Bette Midler, Mick Jagger and a host of others
Go See It!!!!!
Written June 28, 2016
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 May 02, 2016
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 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 May 05, 2016
Give yourself a break from CGI and sci-fi sound effects and take in one of this years best treats. 20 feet entertains with some of the best sounds of all times interspersed with authentic interviews with all the characters that make up the best of pop music since the 60's. You will walk away inspired and entertained.