Best Non-Fiction Film
New York Film Critics Circle
2002 National Society of Film Critics
2003 TEC Award
GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "What's
Going On," Chaka Khan & The Funk Brothers
Compilation Soundtrack Album
1959, Berry Gordy 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 "My
Girl," "Bernadette," I Was Made to Love Her," and
every other hit from Motown's Detroit era.
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.
years after they played their first note an 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 in STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN.
the tumultuous sixties as a backdrop, Motown's unsung heroes take
the viewer on a compelling journey in time as they trace the evolution
of The Motown Sound" from its origins in Detroit to its demise
in Los Angeles during the seventies. Through the eyes of the riveting
characters who ruled Hitsville's studio by day and the club scene
of Detroit by night, we enter a world of unparalleled soul and emotion
as the Funk Brothers revisit the sites of their musical roots, triumphs,
and eventual heartbreak.
more than four decades, from the dance floors of the world, to the
Detroit riots of 1967, to the war in Vietnam, the music the Funk
Brothers created has played a major role in the cultural fabric of
all of our lives. STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN finally puts
some faces on that music and introduces these heroic musical figures
to the world.
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