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Muscle Shoals (2013)

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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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Stephen Badger ...
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Jerry Carrigan ...
Jerry Phillips ...
Barry Beckett ...
Jerry Wexler ...
Jesse Boyce ...
Bryan Owings ...
Candi Staton ...
John Gifford III ...
Clarence Carter ...
John Paul White ...


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 Anonymous

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The incredible true story of a small town with a big sound.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »


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25 October 2013 (UK)  »

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Muscle Shoals - Dove nascono le leggende  »

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$695,625 (USA) (7 March 2014)

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You Better Move On
Written and Performed by Arthur Alexander
Courtesy of FAME Enterprises, Inc.
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Entertaining, thought-provoking, and fun.
1 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at the George Lindsey Film Festival in Florence, Alabama -- right across the Tennessee River from Muscle Shoals. I rarely give 10/10 but this film is a gem. Photography, editing, sound values, emotional through lines, entertainment value -- this film has it all. Lots of great interviews and a kaleidoscope of personal memories from great entertainers, as well -- including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket, and Alicia Keys, to name just a few. This film pulls you in and puts you there, back when a handful of friends got together and made music history in their own back yards. You'll be amazed at how many number one hits came out of humble little Muscle Shoals.

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