Shut Up & Sing "Wouldn't it be great if we could get them burning CDs and banning you from the radio?" muses Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw to the… Shut Up & Sing "Wouldn't it be great if we could get them burning CDs and banning you from the radio?" muses Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw to the…
DVD Review

Shut Up & Sing (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 20, 2007; DVD Release Date: Feb 20, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Documentary, Musical; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

''Wouldn't it be great if we could get them burning CDs and banning you from the radio?'' muses Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw to the less-than-convinced country trio in the documentary Shut Up & Sing (R, 93 mins., 2006). At the time, news has just broken that lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience she was ashamed that George W. Bush, then preparing to attack Iraq, was from Texas. We don't know for sure whether Maines & Co. subsequently made Renshaw write ''Be careful what you wish for'' a thousand times on a chalkboard. But had they done so, it would surely have been recorded in this authoritative film about the ensuing anti-Chicks backlash and the ways the band dealt with it. (Full disclosure: One of those ways was by appearing, naked and covered with slogans, on a cover of EW; a less-racy version of that photo decorates the DVD box.) Granted extremely extensive behind-the-scenes access, filmmakers Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck have crafted a great film about country music and an even better one about the country in which we live.

Originally posted Feb 16, 2007 Published in issue #922 Feb 23, 2007 Order article reprints
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