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Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Music | 26 July 2013 (USA)
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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.

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The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Furthermore, special focus is given to special stand outs who endeavored to make a living in the art burdened with a low profile and more personal career frustrations, especially those who faced the very different challenge of singing in the spotlight themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time.

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and sexual material | See all certifications »

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26 July 2013 (USA)  »

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A 20 pasos de la fama  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,596, 16 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,946,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,892,661
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The film has been compared to the similarly themed book 'The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret', which chronicles the stories of uncredited studio musicians. See more »

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Features The Concert for Bangladesh (1972) See more »

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Young Americans
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie (uncredited)
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A treat for the ears and an education in the music business
22 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

I had never heard of the performers, but have apparently enjoyed their contributions thousands of times. Praise to the producer and director for their headliner contributors. I saw the film at the Minneapolis - St Paul film festival. Merry Clayton came to the screening and sang for us after the showing. That girl still has the pipes. The story about her audition with the Rollings Stones was a hoot. The soundtrack is wonderful. Lisa Fischer has an amazing voice - blew my socks off. Hope the movie comes to a theater near me, so I can hear it again. I thought the director did a wonderful job of balancing the contributions of the headliners with the life stories of the singers. It was a treat to hear them do their thing out in the spotlight.


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