DVD Standing in the Shadows of Motown [DVD] [Canadian] (DVD 6253586),
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown [DVD] [Canadian]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Paul Justman's inspiring documentary pays tribute to one of the most influential, yet unrecognized, collection of musicians that has ever been assembled. The Funk Brothers played the background music on the seemingly endless string of Motown classics in the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in a resume that boasts more number one hits than The Beatles, the Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley combined. Shot on location in Detroit, STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN reunites the surviving members as they reflect on the groups' storied past. Most celebrated is departed bassist James Jamerson, whose fiery presence and technical prowess was largely responsible for shaping the Funk Brothers' supremely distinct sound. In addition to interviews, as well as reenactments and archival footage, Justman gathers together the musicians for an unforgettable reunion concert. Featuring the vocal support of several contemporary artists, including Joan Osborne, Ben Harper, Chaka Kahn, Gerald Levert, and Bootsy Collins, the Funk Brothers prove that they haven't lost a beat. Based on the book by Allan "Dr. Licks" Slutsky, STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN gives overdue credit to a group of unassuming musicians who quietly created one of popular music's most enduring and spectacular musical legacies.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "...This beauty of a documentary pays long-overdue tribute to the Funk Brothers....It's a glorious groove that leaves you wanting more..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[A] long overdue secret history of American music....Crucial viewing for those in search of the origins of funk..."
    Film Comment

    "...The film makes you feel like a winner as you bounce happily out of the theater..."
    USA Today

    "...STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN opens your ears in a way that few musical documentaries have attempted..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN gives the Funk Brothers their due and more, mostly through wonderfully juicy anecdotes..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[An] affectionate portrait..."
    Sight and Sound

    "[T]he final reunion concert is a blast..."
    Total Film

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