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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Badger Stephen Badger ... Himself / Interviewer
Rick Hall ... Himself, founder, Fame Studios
Aretha Franklin ... Herself
Jerry Carrigan Jerry Carrigan ... Himself
Alicia Keys ... Herself
Jerry Phillips Jerry Phillips ... Himself
Barry Beckett Barry Beckett ... Himself
Jerry Wexler Jerry Wexler ... Himself
Bono ... Himself
Jesse Boyce Jesse Boyce ... Himself
Bryan Owings Bryan Owings ... Himself
Jimmy Cliff ... Himself
Candi Staton Candi Staton ... Herself
John Gifford III John Gifford III ... Himself
Clarence Carter ... Himself
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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 Anonymous

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"You're in rock'n'roll heaven, man" - Keith Richards See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Muscle Shoals - Dove nascono le leggende See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,901, 29 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,625, 9 March 2014
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Ear Goggles See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Winner of the Grand Prize, Boulder International Film Festival, 2013. See more »

Quotes

David Hood: [about working for Rick Hall] That was very frustrating and hard on the musicians, because you think "Well, I already did that."
Rick Hall: Nobody ever worked in the music business without getting their ass kicked. If they did, they're on the street somewhere pushing a wheelbarrow of concrete.
Jesse Boyce: He was kind of like a task master, and I don't fault him for that because he is an imperfect perfectionist. That's what made him great, though.
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Crazy Credits

Although Steve Winwood is feature prominently, including with on-screen name identification, hie name is NOT listed in the end credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Muscle Shoals See more »

Soundtracks

(Somebody) Loan Me a Dime
Written by Fenton Robinson, Milton Middlebroo and Jesse Anderson
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warer Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Wow!
19 June 2014 | by colvin-4See all my reviews

Easily one of, if not THE best music documentary I have ever seen. So often these docs go flat after the first 20 minutes, none of that here! The visuals are fantastic and carry the show (as well as establish the sense of place) when the incredible music is throttled back. Underlying all of this is an incredible story of an incredible man, Jerry Hall, a man born in numbing poverty who somehow managed to rise above poverty and numerous personal tragedies to produce some of the most incredible blues and rock and roll recordings of all time. If you have access to this show and love music all I can say is WATCH THIS TODAY and prepared to be blown away!


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