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Dave Matthews

Crowded Streets Superstars DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I’ve often said that our experiences with any given thing (a movie, book or CD for example) are colored by our expectations. This is a perfect example. If you go into this thinking that it’s going to be an end-all/be-all exploration of the history of this group with indepth interviews and music clips, you will be disappointed. Like all of the DVD’s in this series, this is an unauthorized DVD. That means what you won’t get is an insider’s look at the band or even samples of the music. What you will get is a fairly indepth glimpse of The Dave Matthews band told with clips and interviews of people who are (or have been) in the periphery of the operation of the group. I found it to be rather informative and a good introduction to the phenomenon that is The Dave Matthews Band. I’d have to say that I like this one more than a lot of the DVD’s in the series – but again, my expectations are never extremely high on these. I would think that hardcore fans, if they come in with realistic expectations, would enjoy this documentary. Those who just want to learn about this exceptionally talented and influential act will also come away with a new understanding. This is actually one of the better of the series – you just have to know what you are getting in advance.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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