|Jack White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page|
It Might Get Loud is the 2009 documentary featuring three guitarists talking about music and doing a bit of playing together. Those three guitarists being Jack White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page, those 98 minutes are freaking awesome.
Jack White might be the youngest of the three but it is very clear he has one foot in the past. A search for authenticity led the Detroit-born musician deep into the darkest of blues after discovering Son House. This clip explains pretty much everything you need to know to understand where the White Stripes were coming from, as well as Jack's other bands, solo work, and work as a producer.
The Edge has never been flashy and consequently doesn't get much credit for being a great guitarist. One of the most interesting parts in the film from him is when he talks about spending hours working to replicate the sound he hears in his head. It was a good bit showing how you need more than just a guitar to create a lot of the great signature sounds of rock.
The moments I enjoyed most belonged to Jimmy Page. He brings the camera crew to his home, into a room full of vinyl. The look of rapturous joy on Page's face as he played air guitar to Link Wray's surf rock classic Rumble was a terrific highlight.
The film spends time with each artist, with a "summit" between the three providing an entertaining and fascinating look at them talking and playing together. If Hogwarts had a class called The Magic of Music surely it would be something like this, with Jimmy Page as the professor. The film's best moments are when Professor Page schooled the younger musicians, showing them how this rock and roll thing is done. The expressions on the faces of Edge and White are priceless.
I've started making my way through the selection of music documentaries and concerts available on Netflix. This was definitely a good one.