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Troubadours (2011)



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The 1970s singer/songwriter movement in California and the history of the "world famous" Troubadour club in Los Angeles are chronicled in this documentary featuring Carole King and James Taylor. The stories of King and Taylor's professional partnership, their artistic successes, and the part that the Troubadour played in launching their careers are recounted. Archival footage is included from the club that hosted "new talent" such as Elton John, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Richard Pryor, and Steve Martin.


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Critic Reviews for Troubadours

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

An infectiously fond look at a mellow moment in rock history.

Full Review… | February 5, 2011
Top Critic

Watching the warmly nostalgic "Troubadours" is like going to a reunion of old friends. You're so happy to see them again that you are willing to forgive whatever lapses and flaws there are in the experience.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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In the end, as another talking head points out, "the music always wins." And it did -- by a landslide.

February 3, 2011
New York Times
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The film is entertaining but hardly penetrating.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
Village Voice
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A key weakness of the documentary is that it doesn't do enough to refute the charges long leveled at the Laurel Canyon league by music critics.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Fans of James Taylor and Carole King rejoice

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
Movie Habit

Audience Reviews for Troubadours


*** (out of four) An enjoyable and loving look at the influence and talent that emerged from the world famous Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. It focuses on several notable musicians, but mostly targets James Taylor and Carole King. The documenatry works best as a celebration of the talent and it helps a lot if you are fans of those connected to the place. Luckily I am, so I was excited to hear the songs and see the performances. I wished it would have spent a little more time on the club owner and his strange behavior. But the interviews by the likes of James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Steve Martin, Cheech and Chong, and tons more is a wonderful piece of music history.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Compelled me to dig out my old Carol King and Joni Mitchell albums. Required viewing for fans of the 70's singer/songwriter era.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Love music, but can't say I am the biggest fans of Carol King and James Taylor. Of course, I've always loved a few songs from each, but just missed being 'into' them by a few years. However, this is a movie that shouldn't be missed. About the songwriting-era of the 70's in LA, centered around the famous Troubador music club. Great story, and wonderful interviews and older (and current) footage of some of the all time greats. In limited release, but coming soon to a theatre near you!

Randy Berger
Randy Berger

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