The legendary Muscle Shoals recording studio is the subject of a documentary that just got picked up by Magnolia Pictures for theatrical release. And Independent Lens acquired the television rights to Muscle Shoals which had its premiere at Sundance and also screened at SXSW. Directed by Greg Camalier, Muscle Shoals features interviews with artists Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Alicia Keys, and Bono.
Announcing the acquisition, Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles stated, “Muscle Shoals is a great accomplishment. It captures the elusive magic of a truly special place that birthed some of the most exciting music ever made. Music fans of all ages are going to find this story revelatory.”
“At its heart, Muscle Shoals is a social issue doc that looks at how music transformed culture,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Senior Series Producer.
Muscle Shoals tells the incredible and unlikely story of a small Alabama town by the Tennessee River, where a man named Rick Hall overcame crushing personal hardship to put together a recording studio and house band (the Swampers) that became legendary for its electrifying musical chemistry. Luring some of the biggest figures in 20th century pop music, like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Staples Singers, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simon and Garfunkle, the studio produced all time classic songs like “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Wild Horses” and many more, uniting black and white musicians in the deep south during an incendiary period of racial hostility.
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