Watch: Back-Up Singer Doc 'Twenty Feet from Stardom' First Trailer
by Ethan Anderton
May 2, 2013
This is a great year for music documentaries. Earlier this year, I absolutely adored Sound City at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival (you can buy/rent it from iTunes now), but another stellar music centric documentary I missed was Twenty Feet from Stardom. The film traces the back-up singers’ history from those famous Phil Spector–produced pop songs and British Explosion acts of the 1960s, to their reversal of fortune when the recording industry changed in the 1990s, and into today complete with interviews with names like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and more. Now the first trailer is available to watch below!
Here's the first trailer for Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet from Stardom, via IndieWire:
What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, The Rolling Stones and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists. Morgan Neville directs the documentary which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and arrives in limited theaters later this summer on June 14th. Good?