Muscle Shoals screening

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Photograph: Courtesy Muscle Shoals
Aretha Franklin, from Muscle Shoals.

This crowdpleasing peek into the history of soul music—in the vein of Dave Grohl's recent Sound City—gives a behind-the-scenes look at the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. At its FAME Studios throughout the '60s and '70s, the unassuming little town became the birthplace of countless hits, from "Mustang Sally" to "Kodachrome," and attracted top-notch musicians to record in the same studio and transcend racial boundaries. The doc finds big names like Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Bono and more weighing in on the studio's importance; expect plenty of killer music and personal anecdotes.

 

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