"Twenty Feet From Stardom" is a documentary about the world of backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, it premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In the clip below, the director talks about the film.
The director says "the fact is that backup singers can blow away lead singers any day of the week, every day of the week". He specifically mentions Merry Clayton's singing on The Stones "Gimme Shelter" as possibly the greatest backup singing performance of all time.
The film screens at IFFBoston at Somerville Theatre on Sunday, Apr 28 at 3:30pm
More info at facebook.com/TwentyFeetFromStardom