I’ve seen a few music documentaries I’ve liked as of late and wanted to share…
First up is Mistaken for Strangers. It’s a music documentary made by the brother of Matt Berninger (frontman of The National). I like this band so I thought I would give it a try. Matt’s brother Tom follows The National on their breakout tour to make the documentary. Tom is clearly the underdog of the family and I found myself rooting for him pretty early on. I found this film to be unexpectedly hilarious, honest and I am still a fan of The National.
The second documentary is 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-winning story of back up singers (some of the best in the business). These voices are incredible and to hear their stories and hear them sing is amazing. The film features Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Tata Vega, Judith Hill, just to name a few. It’s a treat to see these women in the spotlight. It’s a story of good times and bad. Have you ever wondered about the story of Merry Clayton singing backup on “Gimme Shelter?” It gave me chills. Unbelievable. I have always liked Merry Clayton but after seeing this? WORSHIP.
– Submitted by Linda Kennedy, Music Design