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Before the Music Dies (2006)

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95 min | Documentary, Music

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 ...See moreWith 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 See less
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Carl Thiel (original music by)
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Mar 12, 2006 (United States)

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Bonnie Raitt
Herself - Musician Herself - Musician   See fewer
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Elvis Costello
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Les Paul
Himself - Musician Himself - Musician   See fewer
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Erykah Badu
Herself - Musician Herself - Musician   See fewer
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Branford Marsalis
Himself - Musician Himself - Musician   See fewer
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Blaze
Themselves - Austin, TX Themselves - Austin, TX   See fewer
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Edna Gunderson
Herself - Senior Music Critic, USA Today Herself - Senior Music Critic, USA Today   See fewer
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Alan Light
Himself - Writer, Rolling Stone Himself - Writer, Rolling Stone   See fewer
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Toure
Himself - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as TourĂ©) Himself - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as TourĂ©)   See fewer
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Nancy Giles
Herself - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ Herself - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ   See fewer
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Kacy Crowley
Herself - Musician Herself - Musician   See fewer
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Bob Schneider
Himself - Musician Himself - Musician   See fewer
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Steve Poltz
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Taylor Hannah
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Eric Clapton
Himself - Musician Himself - Musician   See fewer
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Ken Walden
Himself - Music Technology Educator, Secrets of the Pros Himself - Music Technology Educator, Secrets of the Pros   See fewer
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Javier Vives
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Joey Burns
Himself - Musician: Calexico Himself - Musician: Calexico   See fewer
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Jenny Toomey
Herself - Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition Herself - Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition   See fewer
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Jon Pareles
Himself - Chief Pop Critic, The New York Times Himself - Chief Pop Critic, The New York Times   See fewer
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Dave Matthews
Himself - Musician Himself - Musician   See fewer
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David Hidalgo
Himself - Musician: Los Lobos Himself - Musician: Los Lobos   See fewer
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Michael Penn
Himself - Musician Himself - Musician   See fewer
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Doyle Bramhall II
Himself - Musician Himself - Musician   See fewer
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Chinnell Brothers
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Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
Himself - Musician: The Roots (as Questlove) Himself - Musician: The Roots (as Questlove)   See fewer
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Nick Purdy
Himself - Paste Magazine Himself - Paste Magazine   See fewer
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Josh Jackson
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Norah Jean Bruso
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Tom Moon
Himself - Senior Entertainment Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer Himself - Senior Entertainment Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer   See fewer
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Dave Matthews Band
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Correo Aereo
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Guy Forsyth
Himself - Austin, TX Himself - Austin, TX   See fewer
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John Bell
Himself - Musician: Widespread Panic Himself - Musician: Widespread Panic   See fewer
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Dave Schools
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Calexico
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North Mississippi Allstars
Themselves - Coldwater, MS Themselves - Coldwater, MS   See fewer
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Chris Tetzeli
Himself - Co-founder, ATO Records Himself - Co-founder, ATO Records   See fewer
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John Richards
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Bertis Downs
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Tom Mara
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Patrick Hallahan
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Jim James
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Bo Koster
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Hubert Sumlin
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Flinksway
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Ray Charles
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My Morning Jacket
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Billy Preston
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Andrew Shapter
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Forest Whitaker
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7.7 / 10 | 448 votes