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It Might Get Loud

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Who hasn’t wanted to be a rock star, join a band or play electric guitar? Music resonates, moves and inspires us. Strummed through the fingers of The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, somehow it does more. Such is the premise of It Might Get Loud, a new documentary conceived by producer Thomas Tull.

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 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 built 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.

It Might Get Loud might not affect how you play guitar, but it will change how you listen. The film is directed and produced by An Inconvenient Truth’s Davis Guggenheim, and produced by Thomas Tull, Lesley Chilcott and Peter Afterman.

Visit www.itmightgetloud.com
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June 24, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beck’s Bolero

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Having posted on the sad news of drummer Mitch Mitchell’s passing I remembered that he once nearly joined The Who when Keith Moon threw a moody and went off to join a proposed supergroup with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, you can read more below, however, in the meantime here is a recent live version recorded by Beck at Ronnie Scott’s

Beck’s Bolero” is a short, rock-based instrumental piece heavily influenced by Maurice Ravel‘s Bolero, recorded by Jeff Beck with Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano, and Keith Moon on drums. This song is considered by many critics to be an important work in the early development of both the Heavy Metal and progressive rock genres.

The song is roughly divided into three parts. The first part being two lead guitars playing separate melodies over a bolero rhythm; the first a rock lead in a moderately overdriven tone; the other playing a slide piece in a clean slinky tone resembling a steel guitar. A simultaneous drum break and vocal scream is heard at halfway (courtesy of Moon, who knocked over his recording mic in the process, resulting in his crash cymbal being heard over the other percussion for the rest of the piece), after which the band begins playing a powerful blues-rock section. The first fuzzbox-distorted lead guitar eventually emerges from the sonic sludge along with the bolero rhythm, this time being played with percussive flourishes. Shortly thereafter, another lead guitar playing its own melody. The song is then brought to a very abrupt end as the band simply stops playing.

There are differing accounts of the events leading to this recording; one account refers to a recording session in May 1966, when Beck was still with The Yardbirds, while others suggest that the session took place after Beck had left the Yardbirds in November 1966.[1] The latter version indicates that Beck’s Bolero was originally going to be the name of a supergroup which these players intended to form, but Jimmy Page was unavailable due to contractual obligations with The Yardbirds.

The song was first released as the b-side of a Jeff Beck solo single (the nightmare that is Hi Ho Silver Lining) in March 1967, and was later on released on the 1968 album Truth.

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | New Music, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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