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
Winner of the Grand Prize, Boulder International Film Festival, 2013. See more »
Duane Allman, of course, came into Muscle Shoals and wanted a gig. So he put up his pup tent on my parking lot at the studio and found me. I gave him his shot.
When Duane showed up, he was probably one of the first guys with long hair and kind of the hippie look, but what really made him stand out was he was a wonderful guitar player.
I had never heard a slide guitar played like Duane Allman could play it.
Duane had been in Los Angeles, had a group called the Hourglass with his brother Gregg.
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Although Steve Winwood is feature prominently, including with on-screen name identification, hie name is NOT listed in the end credits. See more »
Stumbled on this film on PBS last nite. Incredible. I had no idea that this place had such an influence on the music I grew up with. Seems like they produced the best music in the late 20th century, from Aretha and Rolling Stones all the way Bono and Alicia Keys.
Would be wonderful to visit that area of the U.S....except for the bugs. LOL. Just watching all those rivers, legs, ponds, all I could think of was mosquitoes. LOL. Anyway the story of Rick Halls is not to be missed. His horrendous background and "pulling up the bootstrap" life makes for a terrific story not counting his strict work ethic , "diversity embracing" and meticulous approach to music making.
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