20 Feet from Stardom
Just seen this incredible documentary about the mind-blowingly talented backing singers who changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll yet no one knows their names. They’ve sung with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Joe Strummer and many more – often singing the most memorable and soul-stirring hooks – but have remained in the shadows of music history. As well as some brilliant music, the way the film tells their personal stories, sacrifices, triumphs and heartbreak and reflects their diverse personalities, motivations and outlooks is powerful stuff.
Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear and the countless other unsung stars, we salute you.