And I thought guitarists were just the prima donnas of rock. The new feature by Davis Guggenheim, It Might Get Loud, is a history of the electric guitar, as told by Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. Partly filmed in Nashville, the documentary premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival. According to the festival description:
Unlike rock 'n' roll documentaries that focus on backstage drama, this one concentrates on the music, giving us intimate access to the creative process. Each guitarist describes his own musical rebellion: Page against the saccharine pop of the sixties; The Edge against the self-indulgent solos of the seventies; White against the soulless bass machines of the eighties. The film also travels to the locations that left a mark on each player. Page visits the stone halls of Headley Grange where “Stairway to Heaven” was composed. In Dublin, The Edge pulls out the original four-track rehearsals of “Where the Streets Have No Name.” And in Tennessee, White describes being inspired by the raw style of bluesman Son House. What's more, we see each musician play new work that has yet to be released.
Guggenheim, as you may remember, directed An Inconvenient Truth, though I don't think Jack gives a slideshow presentation at any point in this one. He was funny at the press conference, though. (Video.)