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Review: 'Muscle Shoals' A Compelling, Must-See Documentary For Any Music Fan

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 25, 2013 6:02 PM
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Can music reflect landscape? Can a spiritual terrain seep into the soul of a people through music? These are some of the questions asked in the documentary, "Muscle Shoals," a must-see documentary for any rock n' roll history connoisseur. There's not just something in the water in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a small town by the Tennessee River. To hear it told by the doc and its many legendary music figure testimonials (Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and many more), Alabama's seminal music town not only has soul, funk, rhythm, blues and spiritual pathos coursing through its veins, it's permeated deep in the soil, running through the water and flowing in the air. And while the sentiment seems a little hokey and precious (especially when delivered by U2's overly earnest, semi-pretentious Bono who lays on the mythologizing rather typically thick), over the course of 110 minutes "Muscle Shoals" delivers a litany of evidence that's difficult to argue with.

Exclusive: Poster For Essential Music Documentary 'Muscle Shoals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 10:03 AM
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Ranking right up there alongside places like Sun Studios, Graceland and Hitsville, USA, as some of the music world's holiest and most legendary places, is Muscle Shoals. It might not be as well known as those others, but the studio played an important, influential and crucial part in shaping the American soul and rock 'n roll musical landscape, and now the story is getting a much deserved, big screen telling.

Sound & Vision Reviews: 'Muscle Shoals,' 'Low Movie (How To Quit Smoking)' & Bill Callahan Doc 'Apocalypse'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 4, 2013 6:47 PM
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Can music reflect landscape? Can a spiritual terrain seep into the soul of a people through music? These are some of the questions asked in the documentary, "Muscle Shoals," a must-see documentary for any rock n' roll history connoisseur. There's not just something in the water in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a small town by the Tennessee River. To hear it told by the doc and its many legendary music figure testimonials (Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and many more), Alabama's seminal music town not only has soul, funk, rhythm, blues and spiritual pathos coursing through its veins, it's permeated deep in the soil, running through the water and flowing in the air. And while the sentiment seems a little hokey and precious (especially when delivered by U2's overly earnest, semi-pretentious Bono who lays on the mythologizing rather typically thick), over the course of 110 minutes "Muscle Shoals" delivers a litany of evidence that's difficult to argue with.

Watch: 18 Trailers For FSLC's 'Sound + Vision' Series, Docs On Low, Bill Callahan, Charles Bradley, Green Day & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 26, 2013 6:36 PM
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Sound + Vision' Series
Kicking off tonight, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting Sound + Vision, a week long film series featuring choice documentaries on the people behind the music. And we're talking about serious cinema here, not a revival of VH1's "Behind the Music." Ranging from the rebellious to the political to the uplifting personal story, each of these films has been chosen to celebrate the connectedness of music and music on film. Not only will a bunch of these films be making their premieres (New York, North American & U.S.), but there will be a few director and subject Q&As for you lucky New Yorkers. From Atlanta's underground funk scene to Korean pop to Mumford & Sons, there's something for everyone.

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