Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Shut Up And Sing - New Film Rasies Promotional Blog Bar To New Level

Posted By:Ben Hamilton

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‘Shut Up & Sing’ is right in tune
Documentary is a piercing look at free speech and celebrity image

By Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The Dixie Chicks would probably think of themselves as mothers first, then musicians.

They became accidental political figures — then they had to figure out how to reinvent themselves.

“Shut Up & Sing,” a documentary from directors Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, follows the country trio after lead singer Natalie Maines’ offhanded on-stage comment that the group was ashamed that President Bush was a fellow Texan.

t’s not that the remark itself was shocking or even terribly provocative. But the backlash from the country music industry, from the South, from the core of the Chicks’ fan base was just stunning in its vitriol and hypocrisy. The same people who are so proud to live in a country where freedom of speech is an inalienable right wanted to silence these women — and worse. (Read More)

Shut Up And Sing has a very progressive blog to promote the new flim and to engage their audience (and the pubic) over time.

Chicks, NBC at odds


NEW YORK - The Dixie Chicks are again at the center of a controversy over the limits of opinionated talk.
A film company said last week that NBC wouldn't accept an advertisement for "Shut Up & Sing," a movie about the fuss created by Dixie Chick Natalie Maines' comment that she was ashamed President Bush was a fellow Texan. The network suggested the complaint may be a publicity stunt.

The movie premiered this weekend in New York and Los Angeles, and network affiliates in both those cities ran ads promoting it, according to the Weinstein Co., which is distributing the film.

Dixie Chicks stay defiant for their loyal Canuck fans

Dixie Chicks stay defiant for their loyal Canuck fans
Review | Buffeted by U.S. backlash, Texans bask in a warm reception at the ACC

Oct. 29, 2006. 01:00 AM

In TV interviews last week with Oprah and Larry King, the Dixie Chicks were up front about the fact that audiences for the group's current tour have dwindled in some U.S. markets, particularly in the south where sales were so poor that shows were cancelled.

But lead singer Natalie Maines, violinist Martie Maguire and banjo player Emily Robison argued the heightened enthusiasm of the fans who are turning up more than compensates for the disgruntled no-shows. more