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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown
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The story of the Funk Brothers, the group of musicians that played on every single hit Motown record from the label's beginnings to 1972.
Title: Standing in the shadows of Motown
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Artisan Home Entertainment, [2003], c2002
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Artisan Entertainment presents an Elliott Scott/Rimshot production of a Paul Justman film ; produced by Sandy Passman, Allan Slutsky and Paul Justman ; narration written by Walter Dallas and Ntozake Shange ; directed by Paul Justman
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: Audio commentary with director and producer; trivia track; dinner with the Funk Brothers; multiangle jam sessions; deleted scenes; Funk video biographies; music video montage; selected discography; hi-resolution DVD-ROM; interactive-virtual recording studio; and more
Inspired by the book "Standing in the shadows of Motown" by Allan "Dr. Licks" Slutsky
Summary: The story of the Funk Brothers, the group of musicians that played on every single hit Motown record from the label's beginnings to 1972.
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.644 STANDING
Credits: Directors of photography, Doug Milsome, Lon Stratton ; editor, Anne Erikson ; narrator, Andre Braugher.
Performers: The Funk Brothers: Richard "Pistol" Allen, Jack "Black Jack" Ashford, Bob Babbitt, Johnny Griffith, Joe Hunter, Uriel Jones, Joe Messina, Eddie "Chank" Willis, and, in spirit: Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin, Eddie "Bongo" Brown, James "Igor" Jamerson, Earl "Chunk of Funk" Van Dyke, Robert White; with, Joan Osborne, Gerald Levert, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bootsy Collins, Ben Harper, Chaka Khan.
System Details: DVD format
Other Language: Closed-captioned; subtitles available in Spanish
Subject Headings: Funk Brothers Motown Record Corporation
Genre/Form: Documentary films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Publisher No: 13780 Artisan Entertainment
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The Funk Brothers were the Motown studio band, playing on hit after hit, but few could name one of their members. This is a mixture of archival footage, interviews with the musicians and their admirers, and new concert footage.


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This is a Great movie for all the lovers of Motown sound. I've owned it for several years and still play it regularly. Wonderful stories...humourful...sad...SOUL!

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