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Nyack Center
Nyack, NY
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Directed by Morgan Neuville
With Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer
USA, 2013, 91 minutes, documentary, rated PG-13

This generous documentary follows the careers of the mostly African-American back-up singers whose voices are at once marginal and vital to the most popular recordings. The mysterious combination of luck, ambition and prejudice that keeps some huge talents in the shadows while other, less gifted, voices, become big stars is explored. This tale of exploitation and appropriation is also a testament to professional commitment and artistic triumph.

Nominated for a 2013 Academy Award.

"Matching new faces to voices we already know is a gift to music fans"  A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"From front to back stage, 20 Feet From Stardom is a compelling look at the spirit of these giving artists as they navigated the rapid musical and social change of the 1960s, '70s and '80s." Dave Hoekstra, The Chicago Sun-Times

"You gasp at the ecstatic convergence of lung power and spirit."  David Edelstein, New York Magazine

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Nyack Center (View)
Broadway at Depew Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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