20 Feet From Stardom

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
20 Feet From Stardom
They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more.
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.1092 TWE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, rda
digital, optical, rda
Additional Contributors: Jagger, Mick musician.
Midler, Bette musician.
Neville, Morgan film director.
Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc. film distributor.


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Shown in October 2014.

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Feb 01, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This documentary features the stories behind the greatest singers you never heard of--the backup singers who made all the familiar pop hits what they are.

Jan 28, 2015
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Top-notched talent in my book. Excellent documentary!

Dec 10, 2014
  • dtcedm rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Equally informative and sad. It was nice though to get an update on Lisa Fischer. She fell off the planet.

Nov 17, 2014
  • arbolito rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Interesting story, talented artists, and wonderful performances. Recommend watching this one with a good sound system or headphones for the ear candy...

Aug 10, 2014
  • daysleeper236 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fascinating documentary jam-packed with world-class talent and timeless music.

Jul 29, 2014
  • salsabrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Today's pop divas have NOTHING on these ladies! A compelling documentary that's not only about backup singers, but African American history and the civil rights movement. A must see.

Jul 28, 2014
  • movie20 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good music documentary about the life of back-up singers. How they are 20 feet from stardom as in the title. So close, but so far.

Jun 07, 2014
  • ehm_chen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Eye-opening, humbling, and a terrific film, especially for music lovers. It's amazing that these people aren't household names. Highly recommended. Also, watching this made me like Bruce Springsteen a lot.

Apr 14, 2014
  • LibrarianLaura rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this documentary about backup singers to some of the most famous artists in North America. Fell in love with Lisa Fischer and had to order her CD for my Dad's birthday as he is huge Rolling Stones fan. Talk about incredible voices - sometimes the backup vocal has more talent than the star with all the riches and fame. A must watch.

Apr 04, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I think this film won the Oscar because it is a very safe and very difficult film to hate. This, I think, is especially so considering TV culture's obsession with reality shows - specifically talent shows. Famous people talk about how awesome their back up singers are. Back up singers talk about their ambitions, or lack thereof, of going for their own careers. Both sides say that it's basically a crapshoot. You do get to hear some great singing though - including the female singer from one of my favourite Rolling Stones songs.

So, yes, definitely a crowd pleaser, this.

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