Tuesday, September 17, 2013
20 Feet From Stardom
**** out of ****
20 Feet From Stardom is a documentary about the career stories from some of the best black female backup singers and their lifelong trade which added some spice to the recordings and live shows of The Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and many more.
Through Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Claudia Lennear and many others, we get a first-time spotlight on the contributions of hard-working women who poured their souls into the music of others and could never manage to go solo. We also get a perspective on their contributions from artists and producers such as Mick Jagger, Sting, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen. Many of them feel that these talented women lacked the narcissism necessary to become divas.
This is one of those documentaries that succeeds not only due to its valuable content, but also for its technical precision. The sound mixing is important for a soundtrack that is so absolutely beautiful and this movie delivers it.