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DVD/Documentary Review - Dixie Chicks - Shut Up & Sing

John Metzger
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DVD/Documentary Review - Dixie Chicks - Shut Up & Sing

When Natalie Maines, lead singer for the Dixie Chicks, stood in front of
a London audience in March 2003 and made a statement against the
impending war in Iraq, she certainly didn't expect the story to gain the
sort of momentum that would place the future of her band in jeopardy.
Tracing a narrative arc, which begins with an appearance at the Super
Bowl as the best-selling female group in history, and ends with the
troubled staging of its recent international tour, Shut Up & Sing
initially might seem as if it merely was rehashing a tale that has
played so publicly that there's little point in revisiting it so soon.
That assumption, however, would be wrong. Throughout the 90-minute film,
directors Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck dig deeply into the details as
they examine the full-scale repercussions of Maines' offhand remark. By
uncovering the many nuances and side treks that quickly were lost amidst
the rhetoric, the resulting film is transformed into a depiction not
only of how corporate coercion has become the new tool for squashing
Americans' constitutional rights but also how controversy impacts an
ensemble's decisions and personal relationships.

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