Friday, October 16, 2009

It Might Get Loud at Ragtag This Weekend

It’s been a slogfest of a work week. Fortunately, there are a ton of distractions this weekend, from the little Bluebird Fest of happiness to Citizen Jane. My hipster friend J. from work sent me show times for It Might Get Loud, which is playing at Ragtag this weekend. He’s already seen it twice and might go back a third time. I should mention that he and his wife are taking electric guitar lessons, so he’s really, really into the guitar; however, he highly recommends the film even for the instrumentally challenged.

In case you don’t know, It Might Get Loud is a documentary from filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (of An Inconvenient Truth fame) that brings together three guitar heroes from different generations: Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White. I think I’m in the 3% of the population that doesn’t idolize Jack White, but I’m sure he’s a talented musician and can hold his own in the company of the other two. It might be fun watching him try, at least, or just observing the cross-generational fumbling.

Here's a trailer for the film:

According to J., the film contrasts White, who advocates build-your-own-guitar-from-barnwood-and chicken-wire rawness, with the Edge, who can't get enough of his geeky looping machines, with Jimmy Page, who is just, well, Jimmy Page. I had a bit of a Led Zeppelin addiction in high school—reading Hammer of the Gods and drawing "Zoso" all over my notebooks—so it's good to see Page get props. The film also gives you lots of guitar history along with the three musicians' bios before culminating in a rock 'n' roll summit on an empty soundstage.

I imagine there's some polite head nodding and annoying self-promotion from all three, but I'm also guessing there's a whole lotta love, too.

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