Monday, August 10, 2009
Guitars 'R Us: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White Star in Music Doc
Music documentaries too often tend to serve as glorified trailers for an artist's latest CD or tour, released in a manner designed to get those (product) units moving.
So it's refreshing to hear news of a forthcoming documentary that's aimed to probe musical mysteries regarding evolving approaches to the art and science of guitar playing and songwriting.
That seems to be what's afoot in It Might Get Loud, a film that brings together Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's Dave "The Edge" Evans" and Jack White of the White Stripes for an extended bull session and musical give and take.
"The guitarists’ summit meeting, as Mr. Guggenheim called it, is the kind of serious aesthetic discussion that traveling rock stars rarely have time to experience, backstage or elsewhere," Davis told New York Times writer Jon Pareles, in a story published Sunday.
"Together before the cameras they trade shoptalk and learn one another’s songs, and they find common ground or civilly disagree about notions like the use and abuse of technology."
Check out the trailer here.
The movie, directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), opens this week in New York and Los Angeles.