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Before the Music Dies (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 12 March 2006 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Raitt ... Self - Musician
Elvis Costello ... Self - Musician
Les Paul ... Self - Musician
Erykah Badu ... Self - Musician
Branford Marsalis ... Self - Musician
Blaze Blaze ... Themselves - Austin, TX
Edna Gunderson Edna Gunderson ... Self - Senior Music Critic, USA Today
Alan Light Alan Light ... Self - Writer, Rolling Stone
Toure ... Self - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as Touré)
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Self - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ
Kacy Crowley Kacy Crowley ... Self - Musician
Bob Schneider Bob Schneider ... Self - Musician
Steve Poltz Steve Poltz ... Self - Musician
Taylor Hannah Taylor Hannah ... Self
Eric Clapton ... Self - 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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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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Inspiring to rethink how our communities should support music...
22 June 2006 | by andy_lumetSee all my reviews

For debut filmmakers, apart from the content of the actual doc, this is an incredible piece of professional cinema. The film does not mimic a style from the great documentarians of our time such as Ken Burns and Michael Moore, but rather gives a documenting style in and of its own right.

While the film does focus on the dark side of the music industry, and doesn't need to go far to win over an audience to the premise that most of our current radio does suck, the film primarily inspires one to see that there's still a lot of good music out there to be found and had.

The scope of covering the current changes in the music industry is so vast, that these guys did a good job of keeping the audience engaged by telling us where music has been been, where we are now, and where we might be going.

To those of us that are interested and concerned about how the changes in commerce, technology, and art will affect the motion picture industry, this film gives us a good precursor of what we may be going through.


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