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Gospel of gospels

OUT NOW! A trip through musical history, documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM sings to our hearts.

If you don’t know Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton or Judith Hill, this year’s documentary Oscar winner provides a mesmerising corrective, belting through a history of background singing from the Ikettes/Raelettes onwards with a joy in the human voice that’s just impossible to resist as it’s championed by the likes of Sting, Springsteen and the Stones. Born of a gospel choir’s “Amen” humility, these singers’ love of harmony will raise the hair on your arms and bring tears to your eyes.

20 Feet from Stardom | Directed by Morgan Neville (USA 2013) documentary 

Originally published in issue #126, April 2014.