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MUSCLE SHOALS

USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Backbeat)

Director: Greg ‘Freddy' Camalier

"You're in rock ‘n' roll heaven, man." - Keith Richards

In the 1960s, the tiny Alabama town of Muscle Shoals became the unlikely source of some of the most creative and celebrated funk and soul music in American history.

Under the control of FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, white, extraordinarily funky, session musicians and black singers unexpectedly smashed the racist cultural barriers of the time to develop the Muscle Shoals sound. Like ants to sugar, stars including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Lynyrd Skynyrd were drawn to record at FAME, often resulting in the finest records of their careers.

Greg "Freddy" Camalier directs this compelling doco of the little studio that could, with interviewees including Franklin and Pickett, Richards and Jagger, Bono, Bobby Womack and of course Rick Hall, whose own upbringing amid crushing hardship drove him to "wanna be somebody".

"The next must-see music doc." - Hollywood Reporter

D Greg 'Freddy' Camalier P Stephen Badger, Greg 'Freddy' Camalier Dist Madman Entertainment TD DCP/2013

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