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Release Date: June 14th, 2013

DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2014

PG-13|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

Cast: David Bowie, Ray Charles, Sheryl Crow, Lou Adler, Patti Austin, Chris Botti

Director: Morgan Neville

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Tremolo Productions, Inc.

Distributors: Radius TWC

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  • Yes, for every star there are five more also-rans and maybe-next-times. But there is honor and glory in being part of the blend. And, at the film's midpoint, when Clayton talks about the late-night recording session in 1969 of "Gimme Shelter," the memory takes on the glow of myth. show more

  • A well-polished production with a remarkable soundtrack. show more

  • Neville unearths a treasure trove of archival TV, concert and film footage featuring many of these vocalists in their heyday, balancing the material with perfectly-lit contemporary studio interviews and performances shot in pristine digital cinematography, supplemented by more informal scenes depicting the frequent challenges of these musicians' careers. show more

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