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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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Composer
Carl Thiel (original music by)
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Mar 12, 2006 (United States)

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52 cast members
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Bonnie Raitt
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Elvis Costello
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Les Paul
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Erykah Badu
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Branford Marsalis
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Blaze
Themselves - Austin, TX Themselves - Austin, TX   See fewer
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Edna Gunderson
Self - Senior Music Critic, USA Today Self - Senior Music Critic, USA Today   See fewer
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Alan Light
Self - Writer, Rolling Stone Self - Writer, Rolling Stone   See fewer
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Toure
Self - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as TourĂ©) Self - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as TourĂ©)   See fewer
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Nancy Giles
Self - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ Self - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ   See fewer
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Kacy Crowley
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Bob Schneider
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Steve Poltz
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Eric Clapton
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Ken Walden
Self - Music Technology Educator, Secrets of the Pros Self - Music Technology Educator, Secrets of the Pros   See fewer
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Joey Burns
Self - Musician: Calexico Self - Musician: Calexico   See fewer
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Jenny Toomey
Self - Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition Self - Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition   See fewer
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Jon Pareles
Self - Chief Pop Critic, The New York Times Self - Chief Pop Critic, The New York Times   See fewer
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Dave Matthews
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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David Hidalgo
Self - Musician: Los Lobos Self - Musician: Los Lobos   See fewer
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Michael Penn
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Doyle Bramhall II
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Chinnell Brothers
Themselves - Seattle, WA Themselves - Seattle, WA   See fewer
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Quest Love
Self - Musician: The Roots (as Questlove) Self - Musician: The Roots (as Questlove)   See fewer
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Nick Purdy
Self - Paste Magazine Self - Paste Magazine   See fewer
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Josh Jackson
Self - Paste Magazine Self - Paste Magazine   See fewer
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Tom Moon
Self - Senior Entertainment Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer Self - Senior Entertainment Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer   See fewer
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Dave Matthews Band
Themselves - Charlottesville, VA Themselves - Charlottesville, VA   See fewer
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Correo Aereo
Themselves - Seattle, WA Themselves - Seattle, WA   See fewer
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Guy Forsyth
Self - Austin, TX Self - Austin, TX   See fewer
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John Bell
Self - Musician: Widespread Panic Self - Musician: Widespread Panic   See fewer
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Dave Schools
Self - Musician: Widespread Panic Self - Musician: Widespread Panic   See fewer
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Calexico
Themselves - Tucson, AZ Themselves - Tucson, AZ   See fewer
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North Mississippi Allstars
Themselves - Coldwater, MS Themselves - Coldwater, MS   See fewer
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Chris Tetzeli
Self - Co-founder, ATO Records Self - Co-founder, ATO Records   See fewer
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John Richards
Self - Program Director, KEXP Radio: Seattle Self - Program Director, KEXP Radio: Seattle   See fewer
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Tom Mara
Self - Station Manager, KEXP Radio: Seattle Self - Station Manager, KEXP Radio: Seattle   See fewer
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Patrick Hallahan
Self - Musician: My Morning Jacket Self - Musician: My Morning Jacket   See fewer
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Jim James
Self - Musician: My Morning Jacket Self - Musician: My Morning Jacket   See fewer
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Bo Koster
Self - Musician: My Morning Jacket Self - Musician: My Morning Jacket   See fewer
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Hubert Sumlin
Self - Musician Self - Musician   See fewer
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Flinksway
Themselves Themselves   See fewer
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Ray Charles
Self - 'Agent Double O Soul' (archive footage) Self - 'Agent Double O Soul' (archive footage)   See fewer
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My Morning Jacket
Themselves Themselves   See fewer
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Billy Preston
Self - 'Agent Double O Soul' (archive footage) Self - 'Agent Double O Soul' (archive footage)   See fewer
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Andrew Shapter
Self (voice) Self (voice)   See fewer
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Forest Whitaker
Self - Narrator (voice) Self - Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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Widespread Panic
Themselves Themselves   See fewer
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7.7 / 10 | 453 votes