20 Feet From Stardom

20 Feet From Stardom

DVD - 2014
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They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more.
Publisher: [United States] : Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: TWEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Twenty feet from stardom

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Miller1114
Aug 25, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. The backup singers give a song that extra Umph! Iconic voices who are finally getting their due.

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britprincess1ajax
Feb 02, 2017

A moving documentary about the amazingly talented back-up singers that were the real stars behind our favourite songs, I can understand why this doc rocked the Oscars. I'd heard of Darlene Love and Merry Clayton because of their inclusion on the HOME ALONE and DIRTY DANCING soundtracks, respectively, but not Lisa Fischer or any of the other mega-talents who never got recognized. These singers deserve credit but they'll never really receive it. To be that close to the real thing and yet stuck in the quicksand that is the background vocals business is a horrible paradox. Crammed with interviews from famous faces testifying to the greatness of their back-up singers, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM is eye-opening without being controversial. For anyone interested in music, this doc is a must-see that I'd easily recommend.

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TomatoMama
Sep 08, 2016

Just get this DVD, pop it into your player, sit back and enjoy. It's that easy. You'll watch it and you'll love it. That's all.

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Nursebob
Jul 28, 2016

Few people outside the industry have ever heard of names like Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, or Merry Clayton, which is why Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winning documentary is so important. It brings to light a subject even the most ardent music lovers rarely think about, namely the back-up singers whose soulful vocalizations add an acoustic punch to those headline performers we all listen to. According to Sting, one of the few “big names” featured in the doc, success in the music industry is as much about happenstance and luck as it is talent and these life stories certainly add credence to that sad insight. Falling prey to despondency, unscrupulous producers, and lacklustre publicity, few ever cross those twenty extra feet to reach centre stage. A poignant look at some brave and fearsomely talented people who openly share their memories as well as their hopes and disappointments. Merry Clayton, by the way, was the woman whose heart-rending cries of “Rape! Murder!” haunt the Rolling Stones’ hit “Gimme Shelter”.

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cdonaldsontx
Oct 09, 2015

I love this movie. I love these women. Stunning and heartbreaking. Ah, womanhood. Longtime Lisa Fischer fan -- lovelier than her, there are none. The ironies of their own rivalries were not lost on me although not given focus. Wretched system that makes it so. Sing on!

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WILLIAM KOMBOL
Jun 09, 2015

For anyone whose every found themselves singing along to the backup singers while ignoring the lead, this documentary movie is for you. "20 Feet From Stardom" tells the story of these mostly female, mostly black singers who stand 20 feet behind, but whose voices speak volumes. Thank you Andrew for directing me to this worthy movie and to Lou Reed who sang: "And the colored girls say, 'doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doodoo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo' "

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Delta
May 27, 2015

Well made documentary about the women who backup famous bands like the Rolling Stones and are hardly heard of for there own talents.

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Orangeted
Mar 31, 2015

Awesome doc about all the women you know from their voice but didn't put a face to. Really awesome old footage of Ike and Tina Turner and the Ikettes as well as other old school bands. Really enjoyed

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Feb 01, 2015

This documentary features the stories behind the greatest singers you never heard of--the backup singers who made all the familiar pop hits what they are.

d2013 Jan 28, 2015

Top-notched talent in my book. Excellent documentary!

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Sep 07, 2016

They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more. 99%/82%

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