Posted by: greercn | April 6, 2014

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Merry Clayton, Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer may be names you know, if you read up on popular music. They are all backup singers who have wonderful voices. Yet, none of them has won the stardom they should have had.

This documentary asks why that is true. Director Morgan Neville has made movies about big stars and he cares about the history and sound of modern music.

Claudia Lennear also has her near-miss with fame chronicled here and there is some fascinating lore about the Waters family. The film is aimed squarely at those who study everything about the songs they love.

The only odd one out here is Judith Hill. Surely, given her age and history with Michael Jackson, she still has stardom ahead of her?

Just this once, the big names feel out of place, since this is a musing on missing out on the top ranks.

Still, it’s really engrossing and very entertaining. If popular music matters to you, this is a must-see film.


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