A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
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Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today. Written by
Although Steve Winwood is feature prominently, including with on-screen name identification, hie name is NOt listed in the end credits. See more »
Written by Arlester Christian
Performed by Wilson Pickett
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./Rhino Entertainment Company
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Thank God that this documentary was made. There are interviews you're not going to see anywhere else with the people that made history. At one point I wondered why they were veering off into an Existential analysis of Rick Hall and it made sense as the narrative went on, it kept the documentary grounded and all the Muscle Shoals folks in focus. I've read articles where Nashville session players will get tracks through the internet. Spend 8 hours crafting a solo, record it and email it back and never set foot in the studio. I wouldn't say that studio's days are numbered but for session players the format that made Muscle Shoals so important may be waning.
My only gripe is why is Bono in this film at all? He's a 'rock star' not a musician or artist.
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