20 Feet from Stardom
Their voices are powerful enough to tear you apart and put you back together again, and their stories will do the same. Veteran director Morgan Neville has made a moving, joyous, irresistible behind-the-scenes documentary called “Twenty Feet from Stardom” about a world filled with big, bold personalities and the music they make. This film seems to be about that these backup singers’ failure to be stars but it really is about how much of a star they were in their own eyes.
The documentary seeks to correct an injustice of backup singers that were facing a lot of inequalities back in the 1950s-1970s. The film makes its argument by showing some of the greatest backup singers such as, Darlene Love, and Lisa Fisher who were both were great vocalists but unfortunately, all the credits were stolen from them by the lead singer that got the lights on them only. This film includes a lot of head-talking interviews; they contributed to ethos. Most of these great artists were talking about how backup singers faced a huge injustice; they were a wasted talent. Nobody knew how great those vocalists are because no one paid attention to them as much as they paid attention to the lead singers. Lead vocalist Sting was talking about a great backup singer; Lisa Fisher. He contributed that Lisa was one of the greatest vocalist he has ever worked with. He also admitted how he took all the credibility from her because people came to listen to him only; backup singers didn’t get any attention at all. (more evidence)(focus on sting giving her the light).
These women (and they are mostly women) sing in a way that is transformative for us, and, it turns out, for them as well. Neville interviewed more than 50 people for this film, including articulate major stars like Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, but the people with the stories and personalities you remember turn out to be the handful of women who made and remade the backup world in their…
20 Feet from Stardom