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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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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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.

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It might get loud

For anyone with even a passing interest in guitars, you just have to watch “It might get loud”.

Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the film is a documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three iconic rock musicians: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. The guitarists explain how they developed their individual styles and love for their instrument of choice.

The three musicians talk about their favourite guitars, recordings and early influences. Magic happens when all three sit down, share secrets and start jamming.

The film opens with Jack White building a guitar from bits of junk. At the close of the opening scene he kicks everything off with a brilliant one-liner.

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