Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

Fine documentary, ten years in the making, on the adumbrated musicians largely responsible for the unique sound of Motown, the Detroit-based record label, playing on hits by Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and the rest. Based on a book by Allan Slutsky and built around a tribute concert featuring passionate performances from the likes of Joan Osborne and Chaka Khan, the film offers revealing interviews with the surviving members of the self-named Funk Brothers, and details the histories and contributions of such talented luminaries as 'Black Jack' Ashford, Joe Messina, Joe Hunter and James Jamerson. It also adds a couple of dramatised period reconstructions to get across the flavour of Mowtown's '60s heyday. Musically illuminating, and very enjoyable for the songs alone.

By: WH


Release details

108 mins

Cast and crew

Paul Justman
Ntozake Shange, Walter Dallas
James Jamerson
Funk Brothers
Joe Hunter
'Black Jack' Ashford
Chaka Khan
Joan Osborne
Joe Messina
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