20 Feet From Stardom


Pre Viewing Have you ever heard of Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton and Judith Hill?  __________. Have heard of Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Sting and Michael Jackson? ___________. Questions  (all questions worth 3 marks unless stated otherwise) 1. “It’s a bit of a walk from the back. That walk to the front is complicated…. It’s a conceptual leap.” Bruce Springsteen a) What is meant by this comment?  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ b) How does one make that "walk"? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Describe the origins of Black female background singing. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3.  Describe background singing before the "Blossoms" Who sang back up?_______________________________________________________________________    /1 How did they learn their part?_______________________________________________________________________    /2 4.  Compare the "white sound" with the "black sound" ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5.  How does Cheryl Crow describe the singing voice?
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. Name 2 Characteristics of the "Phil Spector Sound".   /2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 7.  What is unusual about the songs "He's a rebel" and "He's sure the boy I love"? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8.  "Gimme Shelter" is an example of a British group allowing backup singers freedom.  How did this freedom affect these singers?  Was it good for the music? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

9.  During the 70's background singing changed.  Explain. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

10.  Why is it that Black background singers on "Sweet home Alabama" is ironic. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

11. The Walters family is profiled next.  Name 4 projects they were involved in.   /4 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


12.  Some singers try to "make the walk to the front"  a. Name 3.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________b.  Give reasons why it did not work. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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13.  How are many modern singers able to sing "in tune"?  /1 ___________________________________________________________________________________ 14.  Explain the following quote. “Real musicians, there’s a spiritual component to what they do…. Success is just cream on the cake. There’s this idea that you can just go on American Idol and become a star, but you may bypass the spiritual… and if you bypass that, then your success will be wafer-thin.” Sting ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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