Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards are among the music stars featured in the documentary film "Muscle Shoals," which chronicles the history of the legendary Alabama recording studios FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
FAME is where Percy Sledge recorded "When a Man Loves a Woman." The studio was also the site of hit recordings by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Mac Davis, Otis Redding, Bobbie Gentry and many others.
Other famous songs recorded at Muscle Shoals include Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," the Staples Singers' "I'll Take You There," Paul Simon's "Love Me Like a Rock" and Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Night Moves," "Main Street" and "Katmandu."
"Muscle Shoals" (directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier and distributed in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures) opens in New York City on Sept. 27, 2013, the same day that it premieres in the U.S. on video-on-demand outlets. The movie then opens in Los Angeles on Oct. 11, 2013. "Muscle Shoals" had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
The documentary includes new interviews with Jagger and Richards, as well as footage of the Rolling Stones at Muscle Shoals.
Here is a description of "Muscle Shoals" from Magnolia Pictures:
"Muscle Shoals" is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio.
At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio.
Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Percy Sledge and countless other stars have all been lured to this remote and mystical place in the backwoods of Alabama to work with the musicians and producers there.
Raw and candid interviews, inspiring music, live performances, and the magic of the milieu itself capture and convey this tale. Interviewees include legendary musicians Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Ed King, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, and Steve Winwood among many others.