PG, 91 minutes
Lou Adler, Stevvi Alexander, Patti Austin
A revealing documentary about the hidden lives, the art and heartbreak of backup singers, 20 Feet From Stardom is a documentary that should not be missed. A journey with the emotional wallop of Searching for Sugar Man, the doc directed by Morgan Neville is packed with a grab bag of archival footage guaranteed to delight music nerds, such as watching a young Luther Vandross outperforming David Bowie on Young Americans. Or hearing Mary Clayton's blistering take on the Rolling Stone's Gimme Shelter. That, and many other revealing slices of audio, will change the way you hear some classic songs.
Eli Glasner, The Buzz