It Might Get Loud a brilliant Rock and Roll Documentary

Mar 10, 2010 by Tom Jones

It Might Get Loud

With three famous and larger than life Rock & Roll guitarists, Jack White of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, Jimmy Page of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, and The Edge of U2, together in one room, one’s not sure what you’re about to see, hear, and get.

With regard to “It Might Get Loud,” the brilliance, electrifying, and simply exquisite experience of seeing up close the voices–and sounds–and names of those that we grew up with, spanning three generations of musicians and bands, is nothing short of magical.

The movie is a complex weave of artist to art, concept to creation, how to get away with it all while staying true to yourself, and why having a good axe is always an important component.

But the entire movie is not focused on all of them together in one room continuously.

The theme and message of the movie is how each guitar genius initially became exposed to the electric guitar, how they each had their initial trials and tribulations, their early embrace of the electric guitar in their collective formative years, their early descriptions of how they were able to “breakthrough” the existing barriers that held them back from fully expressing s themselves the way they desired as artists, each musician’s desire to push the then envelope of guitar playing, their musical influences, each of their musical directions and decisions, and how they were able to “get from here to there” in their quest for individual musical expression to be a part of them, and as an unintended result, how they became part of musical history.

Who hasn’t wanted to be a rock star, join a band or play the electric guitar? Music resonates, moves and inspires. Strummed through the fingers of The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White, somehow it does more. This 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 and Roll documentary. Filmed through the eyes of three different generations, audiences get close and personal, discovering how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit—Jack White, a studio musician and painter from England—Jimmy Page, and a seventeen-year old Dublin schoolboy, each chose the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and the pantheon of superstar. Rare and insightful discussions are presented and provoked when Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White travel 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 impression upon Jimmy Page, who surprises us with an impromptu air guitar performance knowing every move as it was the driving force and his favorite recording to this day; the raw artistic impact of Son House’s “Grinnin In Your Face" to be Jack White’s favorite song of all time; and how The Edge’s desire to fulfill his destiny to be a Rock and Roll Musician was fueled by the bands such as the Buzzcocks, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols, and further fueled by his disgust at the violence and hopelessness he felt living in Belfast during his childhood.

Although, it was quite obvious that technically, musically, and artistically, Page and White are better musicians than The Edge, they were at all times gracious to him. The Edge’s firm belief in his vision, his use of double loops, and his constant dedication to his talent, made him an equal and perfect compliment for this incredible cinematic and dive into the guitarists personal stories, secrets about how they achieve their individual sounds with their guitars, and how they approach the creative process in the “moment.”

For Jimmy Page, his life was the guitar and the guitar was his life; for Jack White, he had to figure out how to go backward in order to break the doors open toward the future; and for The Edge, his motivation is to see things that you cannot see from one angle, but always from another.

Such is the genesis of a movie about three music geniuses, who share their love of Rock and Roll and the Electric Guitar with unabashed lack of ego and self-consciousness, and a chance to connect with the viewers.

In the end, it all came together as the three jammed on the song, The Band’s “The Weight” on acoustic guitars.

This is one movie that defines genius as to both film documentaries as well as to its subject matter. As a fan of all three musicians, there wasn’t a flaw in the movie.

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One Response to “It Might Get Loud a brilliant Rock and Roll Documentary”

  1. Doug McBride says:

    Very cool Tom. I might have to check this film out now. Has anybody else out there seen this one yet?


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