Leigh MichaelWednesday,23 October 2013

The Snap:

Muscle Shoals, the highly-anticipated documentary about a tiny Tennessee town that produces some of the world’s greatest music, is finally out. You can watch it in select theaters or snag it on iTunes for a limited time. Critics have hailed it as one of the greatest music documentaries of all time.

You can take a look at movie trailer below.

The Download:

To give you an idea of the “must-watch” nature of this film, take a look at its list of contributors:

Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin, Rick Hall, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Mick Jagger, Spooner Oldham, John Paul White, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and Ed King all feature prominently.

Talk about an all-star cast.

In the 1960s and 70s, musicians from all over the country — think Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Etta James, Paul Simon, and beyond — came to this small Alabama town to turn their music into legendary hits. Sitting alongside the Mississippi, the place is full of mysticism that leads some people to wonder: Is there something in the water that breeds such serious talent here?

If you love blues/rock/soul/folk/any genre, this documentary provides a rare peek into the place that birthed so many of our favorite sounds. It has a killer soundtrack, beautiful recollections, and a panache for storytelling that carries the viewer through the film’s 111 minutes.

Muscle Shoals also provides insight into complex race and gender relations that charged the music movement of the 60s and 70s. Its fascinating to watch the story unfold… And brings even more meaning to some of our favorite songs from the past fifty years.

Head to your local theater or park down on your couch. Either way, watch Muscle Shoals tonight. And enjoy the music.

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Hat Tips:

Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Official Site, Image Credit: Flickr

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