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Before the Music Dies (2006)

With outstanding performances and revealing interviews Before the Music Dies takes a critical look at the homogenization of popular music with commentary by some of the industry's biggest ... See full summary »

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Andrew Shapter
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Bonnie Raitt ... Herself - Musician
Elvis Costello ... Himself - Musician
Les Paul ... Himself - Musician
Erykah Badu ... Herself - Musician
Branford Marsalis ... Himself - Musician
Blaze Blaze ... Themselves - Austin, TX
Edna Gunderson Edna Gunderson ... Herself - Senior Music Critic, USA Today
Alan Light Alan Light ... Himself - Writer, Rolling Stone
Toure Toure ... Himself - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as Touré)
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Herself - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ
Kacy Crowley Kacy Crowley ... Herself - Musician
Bob Schneider Bob Schneider ... Himself - Musician
Steve Poltz Steve Poltz ... Himself - Musician
Taylor Hannah Taylor Hannah ... Herself
Eric Clapton ... Himself - Musician
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With outstanding performances and revealing interviews Before the Music Dies takes a critical look at the homogenization of popular music with commentary by some of the industry's biggest talents like Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt and more. Using historic footage the film looks at the evolution of American music and the artists who created it and pulls back the curtain (in a very creative way) to expose the sad truth behind today's "artificial" music stars. "The reality is that superficiality is in," says Marsalis. "And depth and quality is kind of out." Inspired by the death of his brother, director Andrew Shapter and his crew traveled thousands of miles, visiting dozens of cities, speaking with hundreds of fans, journalists, record executives and musicians while searching for "real" American music. What they found were mega-talents without a major label, including one artist Eric Clapton believes is "the real thing." Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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B4md See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Roadwings Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Branford Marsalis - Musician: Students today are completely full of shit. Much like the generation before them, the only thing they are really interested in is you telling them how right they are, and how good they are. That is the same mentality that forces Harvard to give Bs to people who don't deserve them out of fear that they'll go to other schools that will give them Bs, and those folks will get the money. We live in a culture that seems to be in a massive state of delusion, where the idea of what you are is more ...
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most inspiring movie I've seen in a while
12 January 2007 | by jzaffutsSee all my reviews

for me, an avid music fan, this documentary hit home from the opening credits. as a child of the 90s, i can still remember when i could turn on the radio, flip through 7 stations, and hear about 7 completely different songs being played. it was not a process to try and search out "alternative" stations because as you moved from station to station you could find something that sounded completely different than what was playing on the station before it. this all stopped around 1997 when i found that as i moved from station to station i could be guaranteed to hear the same song in a short period of time. sadly, around 1997, i abandoned listening to the radio all together and haven't gone back since. the radio used to be a place to hear what was new and upcoming. bands had a chance to develop on the radio and gain an audience; record companies instilled faith in bands and nurtured them to develop. it is these concepts that the movie focuses on. pop radio hasn't always been something to hate if you're a music fan! artists like stevie wonder, ray charles, dmb, pearl jam, THE BEATLES, aretha franklin, elvis, gladys knight & the pips, eric Clapton, led zeppelin, and so on are all spawns of pop radio! in this movie branford marsalis has some of the best quotes I've ever heard regarding the music industry saying: "fans of popular music today aren't music fans...they're pop culture fans.", "stevie wonder and ray charles would not have had a shot today...they're blind!", and has one regarding dmb saying that they would not have made it either since they are different and have a violin & saxophone in the band! though this movie sounds like it would be quite depressing to the music fan viewing, it is actually quite uplifting because it shows that well respected people in the business are aware of the crap that is coming out. please check this out and spread the word.


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