Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger is featured in the movie "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a documentary about backup singers that will also feature Lisa Fischer and Merry Clayton, who have done backup vocals for the Rolling Stones. The 90-minute movie, which is directed by Morgan Neville and which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is scheduled for a North American theatrical release by the Weinstein Company's Radius-TWC on June 14, 2013. The movie will also be available through video-on-demand outlets in May 2013 on a date to be announced.
Fischer has been a backup singer for the Rolling Stones since 1989. Fischer, Bernard Fowler and Blondie Chaplin are the Rolling Stones' three main backup singers who tour and record with the Stones.
Clayton is best known for singing backup vocals on the 1969 Rolling Stones classic "Gimme Shelter." When the Rolling Stones perform "Gimme Shelter" in concert, Fischer sings the solo parts that were originally sung by Clayton.
This is a description of "Twenty Feet From Stardom" from Radius-TWC:
"Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 'Twenty Feet From Stardom,' award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film."
Other people who appear in the movie include Bette Midler, Chris Botti, Darlene Love and backup singers Judith Hill and Tata Vega.