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20 Feet from Stardom [DVD] [2013]

Darlene Love , Merry Clayton , Morgan Neville    To Be Announced   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer
  • Directors: Morgan Neville
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Spirit Entertainment Limited
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2014
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HW35AYY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Walk 26 Mar 2014
In the beginning of this documentary, Bruce Springsteen talks about 'The Long Walk To Stardom', and for the backup singers that this documentary follows that walk is 20 feet. What an extraordinary film this is, and the singers who talk about their favorite backups give credence to the world of music.

Thus documentary directed by Morgan Neville introduces us to voices we have heard for years. One of the most clarifying moments for me was to hear that the lyrics of songs we most often sing were the ones sung by the backup singers. How very true. We meet Darlene Love who started as a backup singer and after many years she decided she just had to get out there, and she made a name for herself. Darlene Love accepted the Oscar when this documentary won in that category, and she sang the roof off the house.

Some of the memorable backup singers are Merry Clayton who sang the refrains of 'rape, murder, it's just a shot away' to the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" in 1989. We meet the fabulous, Claudia Lennear, and my favorite Lisa Fischer, now 54, who can sing anything and you will stop and listen. Tata Vega, now 61, who has a voice to be reckoned with,and the new phenom Judith Hill, 29, who is destined to be a star.

Morgan Neville was able to find icons of song, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Sting and Mick Jagger, to discuss the need and the brilliance of these backup singers. These are superb moments, especially as they wonder how and why these backups have not become popular singular stars. Many anecdotes are shared by both icons and the backups, and that is what gives this film its special brilliance.

I cannot say enough superlatives about this documentary. Anyone who loves music, and needs music in their lives will appreciate this film. This Documentary won the Academy Award for short film in 2014. Kudos!

Highly Recommended. prisrob 03-26-14
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gem! 25 April 2014
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Great film of the untold stories of these enormously talented backup singers. Emotional, funny & very up lifting and will watch again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
I was totally unaware of this movie until a vocalist friend of mine asked me if I wanted to see it. Some friends in her all female singing group had seen it and raved about it. So, on an impulse I went to see it.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Film - everyone should see it. 10 April 2014
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This movie has a lot to say about ambition, determination, success, failure and dealing with all of them really well.
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