“Music allows us to express our whole self-the light and the dark. That’s the feeling that we all hunger for. It’s freedom. It’s what unifies us and moves our souls.” (Shea Rose)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – gospel music’s first superstar, the godmother of rock and roll, “the original soul sister,” reconstructionist – waiting for The Blues Train in Chorlton, 1963.
What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness. Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists. Twenty Feet from Stardom traces the backup singers’ history—from those Phil Spector–produced pop tunes and soul-inspired British Explosion acts of the 1960s, to their reversal of fortune when the recording industry changed in the 1990s, and into today.
i’m really, really, really, REALLY excited about this.
someone replied to my secret (2809) with the question ” why are you only able to relate to people of the same skin colour as you?”. This question is the reason. I’m able to relate to girls with the same skin color as me because white girls don’t know how it is to have people actually be surprised that you like metal because you don’t look like a metal fan. To have people say that you can’t dress like a metal girl because the outfits don’t match your skin color and the make up looks ugly on you.
(The picture is Alexis Brown from Straight Line Stitch)