Twenty Feet From Stardom
Twenty Feet From Stardom shines a spotlight into the world of these heretofore unsung performers
While the hooks, riffs, and refrains sung by backup vocalists have enhanced pop songs and been eagerly adopted into our collective consciousness for generations, until now, backup singers themselves have barely rated a footnote. Twenty Feet From Stardom shines a spotlight into the world of these heretofore unsung performers. Both uplifting and heartbreaking, the film is a tribute to the voices from the edge that brought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives, and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices, and rewards of a career as an individual artist versus one spent harmonizing with others.
Along with rare vintage archival materials, Twenty Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with stadium-fillers such as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, and Sting. However, the world-famous figures all take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers who appear in the film. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres, and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating story to share of life in the shadows of superstardom.
Music docs aren't just about music, it's a chance to tell all kinds of other stories. The music is just a Trojan horse into a story that brings with it emotion and history and familiarity but once you're there, you can tell all kinds of stories. Twenty Feet From Stardom is ostensibly about music, but it tackles the issues of civil rights, religion, feminism and the plight of African Americans in our society.