Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Release Date: November 15, 2002

Year    :   2002
Slogan    :   «The soul behind the sound.»
Genres    :   Documentary
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Director    :   Paul Justman
Producers    :   David Scott, Michael Q. Martin
Writers    :   Alan Slutsky, Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shange
RunTime    :   116 mins.

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.

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