Standing in the Shadows of Motown Review
In the movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown there are a group of musicians that are just getting the credit for how good their skill level was. The Funk Brothers played for many outstanding musicians of the time and had a huge impact how music was played and performed. The remaining funk brothers meet up after 40 years at their home base recording studio and talk about the good and bad times they had together.
The Funk Brothers are considered to be some of the best musicians of their time and played with nearly all of the most popular singers such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes and many others. Through the movie the different Brothers’ talk about how they were not getting the credit they deserved. I think that this is very true because of the skill level and original sound that they were producing could not have happened without them. When famous singers needed a band to perform, the Funk Brothers’ were always offered the gigs first. James Jamerson was my favorite of the group of musicians because he was from South Carolina and I am amazed at the bass lines he played using just one finger to pluck the strings. Through the documentary I enjoyed listening to the stories they had from traveling place to place when they performed different shows. A particular story that stood out to me was when one of the Funk Brothers was getting on everyone’s nerves so the group kicked him out of the car for eating pig’s feet and smoking cigars when everyone was trying to sleep. The movie not only showed the music history, but also focused on the everyday life working in the studio (nicknamed the snake pit) and how it wasn’t just all fun. I was surprised to find out how much time and effort was put into their music and how dedicated the artist were and yet for each artist there was a genuine love for what they were doing. I thought it was very special that the surviving Funk Brothers were able to get back on stage...
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