Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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HD FSK 0 USA 2002 103 min
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In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians he could find in the Detroit jazz and blues scene to record songs for his new record company. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years later, they will play together again...

Director

Paul Justman

Cast

Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Jack Ashford, Bob Babbitt, Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin, Eddie 'Bongo' Brown, Bootsy Collins, Johnny Griffith, Ben Harper, Joe Hunter, James Jamerson, Uriel Jones, Montell Jordan, Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Joe Messina, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne, Rudy Robinson

Writer

Alan Slutsky, Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shange

Music

Alan Slutsky

Full description

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 and re-creation scenes. They also play twelve new live performances of Motown classics.

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