Dir. Morgan Neville, USA, 2013, 89 min., PG-13, DCP Official Website
Crowd pleasing and lovingly assembled, a juxtaposition of interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger) and the background singers who supported them, including Darlene Love (the un-credited lead voice on some of Phil Spector's most memorable productions of the 1960s), Merry Clayton (the bone-chilling BGV on Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter"), Lisa Fischer (Sting, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin), and the Waters Family (Michael Jackson, The Lion King)…. Filmmaker Morgan Neville’s unprecedented look at the personal journeys of these uncelebrated artists pays tribute to their indelible role in popular music.
“Pulling raw talent from the footnotes of rock ‘n’ roll history and splashing their names up on the marquee where they belong, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM wages a compelling crusade to get background singers some long-overdue recognition.” —Peter Debruge, Variety