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All about guitars and vinyl – Joe Hoyle



Sound It Out: film review

It’s at this time of year, with Record Store Day only a week away, that my interest in vinyl ramps up a notch or two. In preparation for the big day, I’ve been watching favourites from my collection of music documentaries, including Sound It Out, a film directed by Jeanie Finlay about the last remaining independent record store in Stockton-On-Tees in the North-East of England.
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Good Vibrations: film review

Highly acclaimed independent film Good Vibrations tells the true story of Terri Hooley, the self-styled “Godfather of Ulster Punk”, who opened a record shop on the most bombed street in Belfast during the height of the Troubles in the 1970s.
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse jam session – Horse Back

Still from Horse Back
Still from Horse Back (used here for review purposes only)

Recorded on the 6 Jan 2012, this jam session is pure joy. Guitar tone doesn’t get much better than this, my friends. Lose yourself in sumptuous, saturated, overdriven sounds.
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Jack White promotes Record Store Day 2013

This year Jack White is the official ambassador for Record Store Day, which takes place on 20 April 2013.

A promotional video made for Record Store Day features Jack White on location at United Record Pressing in Nashville, the pressing plant that creates vinyl for his Third Man Records label.

Record Store Day supports independent record shops around the world. Buy vinyl. You know it makes sense.

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day

Is the anticipation killing you? It’s killing me.

In 1979, when I was a teenager, I saw Led Zeppelin at Knebworth. The one and only time I saw the band live. Jimmy Page is one of the reasons I play guitar.  Along with 20 million other people who tried to get tickets to see Led Zeppelin at London’s 02 Arena, I failed. So I’m desperate to see Celebration Day – the film of the concert – which will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on November 19. It is, by all accounts, outstanding.
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Last Shop Standing – review

Five stars

Based on the successful book of the same name by Graham Jones, Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop is a charming 50 minute warts-and-all documentary about the history of independent record shops in the UK. (Read more…)

Guitar acquisition syndrome

Many thanks to friend and guitarist Sheila for sending me a link to this.

A Strat is Born – a short film by Fender

Set to a frantic soundtrack from Wayne Kramer, Fender’s latest short film takes you on a high-speed ride through the creation of a Fender Stratocaster guitar at Fender’s U.S. manufacturing facility in Corona, California.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters soon to release documentary – Sound City

Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, has been working on a documentary about Sound City Studios. The film is a celebration of the studio complex, based in California, and the classic albums recorded there, which include Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, Slipknot’s ‘Iowa’, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’,  Spirit’s ‘The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus’ and Neil Young’s ‘After The Gold Rush’. Recent recordings include ‘Suck It And See’ by the Arctic Monkeys in 2011.

As yet, there are no details on a release date.

More about the film at

More about Sound City Studios

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