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The small Alabama town of Muscle Shoals and record producer Rick Hall don't have the same familiar cachet; as the renowned 1960s soul music labels Motown or Stax. But the hits Hall turned out at his legendary Fame Recording Studios are well into their fifth decade of being a beloved part of American pop culture. The familiar riffs heard...
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- Stephen Battaglio
Director Greg Camalier seems to think there is something in the water, the source being the supposed ‘singing’ Tennessee River which runs through the musical enigma that is Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His first feature meditates on the rippling water, the green overgrowth and the surrounding cotton fields as a sort of visual counterpart to the legendary list of hit songs that, to the world at large during the ‘60s, seemed to spring from some kind of southern ether as if the stuff of native folklore. Though occasionally hokey and perpetually shaky in structure, Muscle Shoals soundly, but episodically documents the platinum recording history of the rinky-dink rural town, it’s tragic, hard-headed forefather Rick Hall, and the contentious relationships between his own Fame Studios, big time producer Jerry Wexler and the eventual start up Muscle Shoals Sound Studio just across town.
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- Jordan M. Smith
“If the afternoon ends and there’s still a dry eye in the house then we haven’t done our jobs,” Recording Academy prexy Neil Portnow said Saturday during the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to seven honorees, including the Beatles, Kris Kristofferson and the Isley Brothers.
“It’s a lifetime achievement award but I feel like we’ve all got a lot more life in us,” Ringo Starr said in accepting the award for the Fab Four. “Beatles music is still out there and that’s the thing I’m most proud of.”
Yoko Ono (pictured above with Starr) and Olivia Harrison, widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, were also on hand for the presentation as part of Grammy’s Special Merit Awards ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell theater. (Paul McCartney was busy rehearsing for Monday’s taping of the CBS special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ U. »
- Cynthia Littleton
3 items from 2014
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