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Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier.
Running Time: 102 minutes.
Synopsis: Down in Alabama, Rick Hall founded Fame Studios and gave birth to the Muscle Shoals sound. Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Greg Allman, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Bono and others bear witness to the greatest untold American music story.
Muscle Shoals is a perfectly lovely documentary about some of the finest music ever recorded in the good ol’ U. S. of A., and what a celebration it is. From the frenzied joy of Pickett’s ‘Land Of A Thousand Dances’ over the opening titles, to the end credits’ ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, we are treated to ‘choon’ after ‘choon’ for the entirety of the film. Director Greg Camalier has assembled a who’s who of talking heads that recorded some of their finest songs in a small studio right there in Muscle Shoals. Such luminaries include Percy Sledge »
- John Sharp
Playing diner owner Han Lee on the ribald 2 Broke Girls, Matthew Moy has one very memorable role on the CBS comedy. That’s mostly because the show’s creators have been criticized for making Han one big stereotype after another: The character speaks with a heavy accent, often doesn’t understand American slang and turns of phrases, and is regularly made fun of for his small stature and clueless nature.
Behind the silly role, however, is Matthew Moy, an actor who, truly, couldn’t be further from who he plays on TV. Moy is very clued into pop culture, which »
- Tanner Stransky
Here is our first look at Muscle Shoals, a new documentary celebrating the town with a rich musical heritage quite unlike any other.
‘Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history.
Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, “I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You”, “Mustang Sally”, “Tell Mama”, “Kodachrome”, and “Freebird” are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.
At its heart is Rick Hall who founded Fame Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music »
- John Sharp
“You’re in rock and roll heaven, man.” That’s how The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards describes recording at Alabama’s legendary Fame Studios. [More after the jump...] A beehive of recording activity in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Fame was the site of some of the biggest hits ever recorded, including Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman”; Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” the Stones’ “Wild Horses” and Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” “Muscle Shoals,” a documentary premiering at Sundance Film Festival this year, chronicles the story of Rick Hall’s Fame Studio and its rival, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, which was »
4 items from 2013
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