With my own growing interest in music, I have started to watch more music films, especially documentaries. While many are familiar with films like Eminem’s 8 Mile that illustrate social ills like the poverty of Detroit, I have been profoundly moved my two recent films that I saw and would highly recommend: 20 Feet from Stardom, about female backup vocalists (you’ll never listen to the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter in the same way) and Searching for Sugarman, a story of a singer-songwriter who you’ve never heard of that’s bigger than Elvis in South Africa. Next on my list is to see A Band Called Death, the story of an African-African heavy metal band during the Motown era.

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