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The ByTowne is now closed.

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20 Feet From Stardom

Part of The Music Seen series! Meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time.

Poster art for 20 Feet From Stardom20 Feet From Stardom probes the question of who’s got the power in the music industry by tracking the careers of a handful of talented back-up singers: Darlene Love of Blossoms fame; Merry Clayton, famous for her vocals on the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’; Claudia Lennear, another Stones collaborator; and others.

In some cases, exceptional gifts, even when recognized, do not a star make. Lisa Fischer, who has a three-octave-plus range, won a Grammy for her first solo record but lacked the ego and controlling personality required to pursue stardom. Love was victimized by power-tripping producer Phil Spector, who used her vocals while attributing them to others. Clayton, whose vocal chops are unique, failed as a solo artist. Same goes for Lennear and Táta Vega, artists with voices that might have catapulted them to stardom.

Spectacular voices, powerful stories, in a must-see doc.

– Susan G. Cole, NOW Toronto

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