A documentary about Whitney Houston is due for release on July 6, telling the story of the iconic pop star who has been sampled countlessly by DJs and producers around the world, paving the way for women in music and particularly for women of colour – making for the most sampled demographic in house music.
The documentary film is to be released just after the release of Studio 54, which you can catch now at most art house cinemas in Ireland – one of the most reputed documentaries out of many made to date telling the tales of the iconic disco and drug fuelled Studio 54 in New York and it’s highs and lows.
You can watch the trailer here:
The documentary attempts to break down the stigmas around the iconic disco star, hoping to have a knock on effect with stigmas surrounding other celebrities, with gossip traditionally absorbing Whitney’s name rather than her musical contributions and achievements to so many genres – making it the first documentary about her to be approved by the disco queens estate and family, and the first to truly tell Whitney’s story.
The film debunks common myths about the star and her drug use, revealing never before told stories of industry troubles, sexual abuse and more – highlighting the traditionally corrupt and exploitative industry and explaining the common stigma of drug addiction associated with disco and respectively, popular music.
The documentary will definitely make for an interesting watch, showing audiences perspectives and insight of where house and disco music truly came from to progress to be what it is today – while also paying tribute to one of the most talented vocalists and artists to exist to this day.
Iconic female vocals are the most commonly sampled vocals in modern house music and credit given where its due and acknowledgement is of utmost importance in modern day music, with constant debates of originality of music and the ethics of sampling taking over these days.