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It Might Get Loud: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White in Hypnotic and Remarkable Film!

Published: Fri April 03, 2009  News Feed

It Might Get Loud, the new documentary featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White got a great review from Musicradar.com...we hope it'll be released soon!

It Might Get Loud: Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page

It Might Get Loud: Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page

The acclaimed new rock documentary It Might Get Loud (directed by Davis Guggenheim, of Academy Award–winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth) is slated for a Summer '09 release in the U.S., but currently has no release date scheduled for the UK or Europe...Let's just hope it won't go straight to DVD! 

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.

A recent review of the film, by MusicRadar.com, described the film as "hypnotic and remarkable", and fans of the three guitar heroes are sure to be fascinated by it.

If you enjoyed last year's "The Story Of The Guitar" 3-part series on BBC, this film promises to be even better: it's been described as  a "poetic and inspiring love letter to the magical hold the guitar put on this pan-generational trio of six-string greats"!

The filmakers interview the three guitarists separately, investigating their origins, influences and, of course, how they fell in love with the instrument.

It Might Get Loud: Jack White, Jimmy Page and The Edge

It Might Get Loud: Jack White, Jimmy Page and The Edge sharing some guitar love.

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.

The film shows Jimmy Page reminiscing about his time as session musician and his time in The Yardbirds, before he made it really big with Led Zeppelin, and takes us to the mythic Headley Grange, the former poorhouse where Led Zeppelin recorded their iconic fourth album.

The Edge revisits his high school in Ireland, to the practice room where U2 actually formed, and explains how important FX pedals are to his music - showing, according to the MusicRadar review, "the music inside the technology, how machines can further a guitar's possibilities "

It Might Get Loud - Jack White

It Might Get Loud - Jack White

And the ever enigmatic Jack White, goes the opposite way, describing how he thinks technology "destroys the truth" and fashions a "guitar" out of a box, a Coca Cola bottle and a piece of (non-guitar) string. "Who says you need to buy a guitar?" he says.

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 film poster

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.

It Might Get Loud is released in selected US cinemas on 21st August. No UK date yet.

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