Stories on Screen:
Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Featuring a Post-Screening Conversation With Rose Willis

On Sunday, November 13, GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will screen the documentary about the legendary Funk Brothers, Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Following the screening, there will be a moderated conversation with Rose Willis, the wife of late Funk Brothers guitarist and Mississippi native Eddie WillisThe Funk Brothers are the unheralded studio musicians who had more No. 1 hits than the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley combined and are very likely the most influential and accomplished group of anonymous musicians in pop history. Sponsored by Visit Mississippi and the Mississippi Arts Commission. All Stories on Screen programs are free for GRAMMY Museum Members and $20 for non-Members.

Fourteen years in the making, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is based on the book of the same title that won the 1989 Rolling Stone/BMI Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. It was shot on 35mm film, on location in Detroit and elsewhere. The documentary and performance film tells the story of the Funk Brothers through archival footage and still photos, narration, interviews, recreation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and 12 new live performances of Motown classics featuring the Funk Brothers backing up Chaka Khan, Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne, and Gerald Levert.


​​CLICK HERE to view the documentary trailer. Run Time - 108 Minutes | Rated - PG