FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama was the unlikely breeding ground for a ton of hits in the 1960s and '70s, by big names both black and white: Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, local singer Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), Gregg Allman, Lynryd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones and many more. Some of the most important and resonant songs of all time were recorded there, including "I'll Take You There," "Brown Sugar," "Mustang Sally," "Tell Mama," "Kodachrome" and "Freebird." FAME founder Rick Hall, who achieved much in his driven life, overcoming staggering tragedies, is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound." He brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Crammed with generous musical clips and fascinating anecdotes,
is a crowd-pleasing feast of music. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Bono, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.
We will meet for the film at 7:00pm, so we can say hello and find good seats. After the film, we'll go for something to eat and/or drink nearby. If you need to get in touch or can't find the group, please call me on my mobile: 510.499.7806.
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