Sunday, November 28, 2010

Movie: It Might Get Loud (Sony Pictures, 2009)

This interesting documentary is about three prominent rock 'n' roll electric guitarists, The Edge of U2, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Jack White of the White Stripes. The movie follows them all individually, and them brings them together in a discussion and jam session. It's interesting to see how the musicians approach the instrument in different ways: White take a combative roll, looking for challenges that he can give himself to overcome on the instrument, while Page takes a more mystical approach, at one time comparing one of his guitars to a beautiful woman that must be caressed. The Edge seems to take a workman like approach, employing effects and technology and working diligently to craft his sound. There are some very nice concert clips of their various bands in action, and also some candid interludes where each man is taken to places that was formative in his development. Concluding with a spontaneous jam on the song "The Weight" by The Band, it's fun to hear these great guitarists jam together. For a rather off the cuff film, you learn a lot about the man behind the music, whether it's The Edge's pacifist rage against the Irish Troubles that led to the song "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" or Jimmy Page's grind as a session guitarist in England in the early 1960's. Jack White's formative years were interesting too, working as an upholsterer while playing blues music and punk rock. Guitar fans will love it, but this movie should have a broad appeal across music fans. It Might Get Loud - amazon.com

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