If you’re a fan of Jimmy Page, The Edge or Jack White, you’re going to love Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “It Might Get Loud”. That’s because the documentary gives you an up close and personal look at all three musicians with great interviews and a behind the scenes look at how all three create music. While I’m not a guitarist or a musician, I was fascinated by how much all three revealed about how they got into music and how they work. Trust me, the film is great.
The other very cool part about the documentary is when all three musicians met for a rock’n roll summit. For part of the documentary, Davis Guggenheim had all three meet on an empty soundstage without any plan. They brought their guitars and equipment and sat around talking. As you might imagine…eventually they started playing together. So, as I said, if you’re a fan of any of these great musicians, or just an aspiring guitarist, it’s really worth checking out. Anyway, to help promote the film, I’ve been given five clips and you can watch them after the jump:
IT MIGHT GET LOUD isn’t like any other rock’n roll documentary. Filmed through the eyes of three virtuosos from three different generations, audiences get up close and personal, discovering how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a studio musician and a painter from London and a seventeen-year-old Dublin schoolboy, each used the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and rise to the pantheon of superstar. Rare discussions are provoked as we travel with Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White to influential locations of their pasts. Born from the experience is intimate access to the creative genesis of each legend, such as Link Wray’s “Rumble’s” searing impression upon Jimmy Page, who surprises audiences with an impromptu air guitar performance. But that’s only the beginning.
While each guitarist describes his own musical rebellion, a rock’n roll summit is being arranged. Set on an empty soundstage, the musicians come together, crank up the amps and play. They also share their influences, swap stories, and teach each other songs. During the summit Page’s double-neck guitar, The Edge’s array of effects pedals and White’s new mic, custom build into his guitar, go live. The musical journey is joined by visual grandeur too. We see the stone halls of Headley Grange where “Stairway to Heaven” was composed, visit a haunting Tennessee farmhouse where Jack White writes a song on-camera, and eavesdrop inside the dimly lit Dublin studio where The Edge lays down initial guitar tracks for U2’s forthcoming single. The images, like the stories, will linger in the mind long after the reverb fades.
Finally, I’ve started posting film clips in a new way. Since the site runs pre-roll (it pays for all the bandwidth we use), I’ve started posting all the clips in one video. What that means is, once you push play, you’ll probably have to sit through one commercial and then all the clips will play in order. While some may have liked the old method, it’s a lot easier to post them like this and if you were going to watch the film clips anyway, I figure it doesn’t matter that they’re all in one video.
“It Might Get Loud” opens in New York and Los Angeles this Friday.