I had a chance to see a sneak preview of the documentary It Might Get Loud yesterday. First impressions? Best. Rock. Movie. Ever. The film, scheduled to open in Bay Area theaters August 28, takes three guitar gods from different eras--Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page (who receives associate producer credits), U2 sonic architect the Edge, and new-school throwback Jack White, of the White Stripes. Built around a jam session featuring all three guitarists on a Hollywood soundstage, It Might Get Loud detours into historical and cultural anecdotes, perhaps none more ironically cool than watching a white-haired Page play air guitar--you read that correctly--to Link Wray's seminal instrumental "Rumble."
What makes this film so good is that it doesn't necessarily worship at the altar of rock stardom, but instead becomes a treatise on the musicians' muses--what inspires them, including their instruments and various influences, from skiffle to punk to Son House blues. In doing so, it examines the role the electric guitar plays in pop culture in a way that's part The Song Remains the Same, part Behind the Music, and 100% awesome. For more info, click here