This is just the best.
Imagine a garage with a dirt floor in Detroit, circa 1959. Imagine this garage filled a bunch of recording equipment and a group of jazz musicians who’d been recruited to be session players for a new music label, Motown.
They called it Studio A.
These players, who in time dubbed themselves the Funk Brothers, were the power and brilliance behind all the Motown songs we love. This documentary captures a reunion 41 years later, where we get to see these unbelievable musicians get all the love and respect that they so richly deserved.
The stories are great. The songs are amazing, when you think about how many of them are instantly recognizable from the first notes.
If you’re looking for a documentary that will leave you dancing and singing along, Standing in the Shadows of Motown will get you there. It’s a streaming rental on Amazon.com. And you can rent the full documentary on YouTube, too.