A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
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.
A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »
Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between ... See full summary »
'Lee' George Quinones,
Fab 5 Freddy
A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.
In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers. Written by
One thing that I always noticed in the traditional "Motown" music from the
60's is either the sound of the Tamborine or the Vibes. Little did I know
was the same guy on every album.
Unlike many "true story" documentaries this was a good story with a happy
ending. Most times when we watch documentaries about celebrities we tend
see much of the bad and ugly moments from their past. Certianly nobody is
perfect with a squeeky clean background, however, I appriciate the fact
the producer of this movie put more emphasis on the good things and the
funny stories and less on the conflicts and the shortcommings.
All of the extra features give you a sense of who these people are with
extra unedited footage of the band interacting with one and other. The
about the guys that died before, during, and after production was
touching because it brought closure to a situation with many loose ends. I
feel that this story has a happy ending because those who are still living
and those who passed on are satisfied that they were recognized for their
Personally I would have liked to see the concert in its entirety instead
a few clips in between the candid interviews but overall it was a very
balanced and well written story about a band that most people didnt even
know existed. Even though most people didnt know about the band, we can
relate because we know the songs. As each musican shares his involvement
with Motown I know and "feel" where they are comming from because I
have listened to their music a hundered times over.
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