20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Content by Tony Macklin.Originally published on July 22, 2013 @ tonymacklin.net. The jury returned a verdict of involuntary manslaughter; the officer was sentenced to two years in prison, and served 11 months. Doing just this, “20 Feet from Stardom” is a music documentary that you can crank the volume to – celebrating the history of music while learning about a fold in the page that had yet to be pulled back.

But her performance of Neil Young’s “Southern Man,” captured on a television broadcast sometime in the ’70s, is a revelation. It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away.” The documentary isolates Merry’s vocals during the bridge of “Gimme Shelter”, allowing you to hear the pure passion and strain in her voice as it soars and cracks in a perfectly flawed performance tracked during a legendary middle-of-the-night recording session.

One of its themes is the mysterious combination of luck, ambition and prejudice that keeps some hugely talented musicians in the shadows while others, perhaps less gifted, become big stars. This psychological subset is as satisfying to absorb as the music documentary it sits inside. Also featured is Darlene Love, an original member of the vocal group The Blossoms (the first black group of singers, worked for and were cheated out of credit by famed producer Phil Spector). There is no question that these women are successful. Still, when Grant turns his back on drug-dealing via the rather grandiose act of dumping a big bag of pot in the bay, and when he shows compassion to an injured dog, the scenes feel a little “constructed”.

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Morgan Neville’s relatively structureless, sometimes ambling but highly enjoyable documentary wants us to take sides, too. He is the author of Candy, God of Speed, Totem (the winner of the Age Book of the Year in 2004) and Interferon Psalms (winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2012). Merry Clayton tells of being summoned to a recording studio in the middle of the night, pregnant and with her hair in curlers, to record an incendiary vocal track on “Gimme Shelter.” Claudia Lennear was an integral part of the Stones’ shows in the early ’70s, as Lisa Fischer, a singer of truly prodigious range and delicacy, has been since 1989. Cut it out!” “Protect and serve, man.” The officer straddling Grant pulls out a pistol and shoots him in the back. Dolphins do backflips or leap through hoops, smiling women step onto the snouts of killer whales, water-skiers fly up ramps, and everyone waves and smiles at the audience.

The crowd on the train call out: “That’s fucked up!” “Hey!

(Her spinal cord was severed and her jawbone and ribs broken; the coroner’s verdict was death by drowning and blunt-force trauma.).

Later, Merry most notoriously sang the famous rip-roaring duet with Mick Jagger on the Stones’ single “Gimme Shelter.” “Rape, murder!

In 20 Feet from Stardom (in national release 21 November), Lisa Fischer, a backup singer for The Rolling Stones and Sting, is trying to describe the sublime feeling that can occur on stage when everything comes together, when her vocal riffs are interweaving perfectly with the band and the lead vocals.

An officer handcuffs one of Grant’s friends. At 2 am on New Year’s Day, returning home on the same line, the group was pulled off the train at Fruitvale Station by transit police officers, after an altercation in which they may or may not have been involved. These are singers that have worked with incredible acts like David Bowie, The Talking Heads, Sting, Ray Charles, and the Rolling Stones, yet until now have received little acknowledgement in the public eye.

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As usual, there were seminal acts on the ballot much worthier than the winners, and even more weren’t even considered who should have been ensconced in Cleveland years ago. Featuring fascinating insight into the history and personalities behind back-up singing, as well as plenty of concert footage to please all sorts of music fans, “20 Feet From Stardom” is a must-see music documentary.

SeaWorld declined to participate in – and strongly denies the validity of almost every aspect of – the documentary, much of which consists of former orca trainers talking about the pressures of a life where commerce meets show business meets natural history.

(Accounts differ.)

The accessibility of 20 Feet From Stardom works in its favor. They’ve been featured on countless classic records, performed for hundreds of thousands, hung out with the biggest stars in the world, and shaped the sonic journey of music itself – one is even inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame – yet they are not famous, not stars, not household names. 20 Feet From Stardom (12A) ... Mark Cousins gives us an essay on the cinema's portrayals of childhood.

“People took sides.”. From there, it is a whirlwind that carves a path through the dense music history of the 1960’s-80’s, a time when recording sessions were huge and music was about the lifestyle as much as the performance. With Michael Keaton, hot off praise from ...". Their music is much more of an inner journey.” When Darlene Love and a couple of fellow members of her ’60s backing group The Blossoms – now all around 70 years old – perform for the documentary cameras a haunting a capella version of ‘Lean on Me’, that inner journey is a pleasure to watch. Nothing without context.Politics, society, culture. “20 Feet From Stardom” is a chronicle of exploitation and appropriation — in other words, the music business — and also a series of tales of professional commitment and artistic triumph. With the splendid exception of Darlene Love, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, most of the vocalists interviewed on screen are not well known, even though they can be heard on many of the most popular and durable recordings of the past half-century.

But marine parks have endured, their rituals largely untouched over the decades, even as the very concept of “circus” reinvented itself. the women standing just off-center “ooh-ing” and “ah-ing” and adding the power behind the hooks of so many classic songs – the back-up singers. (In a heartwrenching scene in the hospital, Grant’s mother – played by Octavia Spencer – pleads with medical staff who won’t let her touch her son because his death has been ruled a homicide: “Please let me hug him. Posts about 20 Feet from Stardom written by lpon45.

A former Raelette, who oohed and aahed alongside Ray Charles, she is now a pastor and the founder of the Joy in Jesus Ministries in Los Angeles. It probably will change what you hear when you listen to your old favorites.

It’s got nothing to do with worldly success. It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away,” immortalised in The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’. Merry Clayton, now 65, was in bed, heavily pregnant, 45 years ago, when she was summoned to a recording studio in the middle of the night, for a band she’d never heard of: that’s her extraordinary scream, “Rape!

You go to see the star: the Bruce Springsteen, the Mick Jagger, the Stevie Wonder. A trained, bicycle-riding bear chases a trained, bicycle-riding monkey around a small hippodrome somewhere in China, to a packed arena of laughing spectators.

Subscribe to this list, and we'll send you each week's new issue directly to your inbox. There are moments in Fruitvale Station that smell a little of producer pressure, of an attempt to angle for a little more sympathy for Oscar, and thus perhaps for a wider audience.

", "[…] nails it.” I disagree, and frankly wonder what movies John is talking about. But in the end the demonstration of that mastery may be more satisfying than the analysis of it, and matching new faces to voices we already know is a gift for music fans. The film traces the roots of the emergence of African American back-up singing to gospel music – all of the women in the film grew up singing in a group context at church. Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff play brothers on the run.

The film includes many other stories of solo careers that did not quite happen.

The film is more about spirit than about technique, which is understandable but also perhaps a bit disappointing. On 24 February 2010, police were called to SeaWorld Orlando in Florida where, during a show, Tilikum, a 5000-kilogram killer whale, had dragged underwater a trainer called Dawn Brancheau.