Thursday, May 09, 2013

Watch: Trailer For "Twenty Feet From Stardom" - Documentary on the Great Backup Singers

Here's one that looks like it shouldn't be missed. Just like Standing in the Shadows of Motown put the spotlight on the unsung heroes of the Motown label, the Funk Brothers, Twenty Feet From Stardom tells the story of the backup singers behind some of rock's greatest names.

Directed by Morgan Neville, the documentary tells the stories of Darlene Love, Merry Clayton (Gimme Shelter), Claudia Lennear (Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Cocker), Lisa Fischer (Luther Vandross, Turner), Judith Hill (Michael Jackson, The Voice) and more, singers whose voices have been heard on hundred of records but whose names (outside of Love) are not familiar to the common listener.

The film includes interviews with some of the singers they backed including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting.

The documentary opens June 14 in Los Angeles and New York and mid-July in the rest of the top-fifty markets.

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