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Before the Music Dies (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 12 March 2006 (USA)
With outstanding performances and revealing interviews Before the Music Dies takes a critical look at the homogenization of popular music with commentary by some of the industry's biggest ... See full summary »


Andrew Shapter




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Raitt ... Herself - Musician
Elvis Costello ... Himself - Musician
Les Paul ... Himself - Musician
Erykah Badu ... Herself - Musician
Branford Marsalis ... Himself - Musician
Blaze Blaze ... Themselves - Austin, TX
Edna Gunderson Edna Gunderson ... Herself - Senior Music Critic, USA Today
Alan Light Alan Light ... Himself - Writer, Rolling Stone
Toure ... Himself - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as Touré)
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Herself - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ
Kacy Crowley Kacy Crowley ... Herself - Musician
Bob Schneider Bob Schneider ... Himself - Musician
Steve Poltz Steve Poltz ... Himself - Musician
Taylor Hannah Taylor Hannah ... Herself
Eric Clapton ... Himself - Musician


With outstanding performances and revealing interviews Before the Music Dies takes a critical look at the homogenization of popular music with commentary by some of the industry's biggest talents like Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt and more. Using historic footage the film looks at the evolution of American music and the artists who created it and pulls back the curtain (in a very creative way) to expose the sad truth behind today's "artificial" music stars. "The reality is that superficiality is in," says Marsalis. "And depth and quality is kind of out." Inspired by the death of his brother, director Andrew Shapter and his crew traveled thousands of miles, visiting dozens of cities, speaking with hundreds of fans, journalists, record executives and musicians while searching for "real" American music. What they found were mega-talents without a major label, including one artist Eric Clapton believes is "the real thing." Written by Anonymous

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12 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Tennessee, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital


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Erykah Badu - Musician: There are three kinds of artists. The first kind are the ones who hurt to do what they do. It hurts to write, there's pain involved, there's experience in there, there's blood. The second kind of artist imitates the ones in pain. The third kind of artist just do what somebody tell them to do, learn the step, wear this wig, shake your ass, watch yourself. The first kind of artist are the ones who are more popular than the amount of money they receive. The second kind of artist is usually the ...
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Nice Documentary
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Before the Music Dies (2006)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty good documentary that takes a look at the music business and tells why rock, bluegrass and other smaller genres are getting hard to find. The film naturally blames MTV and the likes for reasons why Spears and her type sell twenty-million records. There are some pretty harsh yet funny comments from the cast, which includes Eric Clapton, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews and Bonnie Raitt. Various topics from downloading songs to live shows are discussed and while the documentary doesn't say anything we don't already know it does manage to be entertaining from start to finish.

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