20 Feet from Stardom [Blu-ray]
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When you hear these ladies unleash their unbelievable voices, you will wonder how they never made it to stardom. Their voices are beyond belief. So how is it possible that one was reduced to cleaning people's houses to survive?
This movie explores all the reasons these incredible ladies who sing never made it all the way to the stardom they deserved. They even were the actual voices of The Crystals in the 1960's, and watched as The Crystals were celebrated stars, while lip syncing and taking credit for their own voices.
You won't have a dull moment watching this. And you will remember it for a long time. The music, the singing, are rare treats. This is in theaters now where I live, but it is such a great documentary, so well done, so entertaining, with such an amazing display of talent and such unbelievable voices, that I want to watch it several more times, something I never do.
The soundtrack and performances are rare footage that I've not seen anyplace. It's worth seeing just for the that. The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Stones, Bowie, Springstein, Cream, Lynard Skynard, Tina Turner and the Ikettes (Ike Turner is described as thinking of himself as a pimp), Luther Vandross, and other such greats, are shown in early performances, with their backup singers.Read more ›
The bigger question relating to those obviously talented singers is why did they not make it big while other less talented singers did? Stevie Wonder comments that "it's not a matter of talent, it's luck and circumstances" and Springsteen says the same but in different words. (Please note that there is a great soundtrack album, containing many of the songs featured in this movie, including Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side", Talking Heads' "Slippery People" (the live version from "Stop Making Sense"), David Bowie's "Young Americans", and several tracks from the 'backup' singers.Read more ›
Behind every great star is a great singing talent backing them up. Sting, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Lynyrd Skynrd, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Stevie wonder.
Twenty feet tells the story of backup singers who we are impressed by but have not necessarily given much thought to their story. However to see this movie is to become of aware of their story, their talent, and their struggles.
Thematically, it visits the theme explored in Standing in the Shadows of Motown, which explored the musician talent behind all the great Motown hits. Most of the great hits of Motown featured almost the exact same musicians creating the distinctive Motown sound, and that movie explored their story.
Although I loved that movie which I highly recommend I loved this one more, because it explores the more personal dimension of the singer. We get inside the story of these women singers and learn of their trials and tribulations, and as the title suggests the closeness to fame and the elusive quality of fame itself. These ladies are undoubtedly very talented, and I pulled out a pen and started writing down their names as I watched the movie so that I could explore more of their work later.
Most of the great artists do use backup singers, and there is no doubt that the harmonies and counter-melodies they contribute add a huge dimension to the artists performance, and to our experience as a listener.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie about the stories of backup singers, old and young. Great topic, touching on the various issues backup singers face, the changes and players in the music industry, as... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Claire
You will learn something, cry, be inspired, and sing along. A fine, fine film.Published 16 days ago by Flying Lizard
spine-tingling and mesmerizing. By turns joyful and heart-breaking. I cannot recommend this film more highly.Published 18 days ago by Katrina Schwartz