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It Might Get Loud "Three Rock Legends" (Jimmy Page, Jack White, The Edge)

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Published on Jul 10, 2009

It Might Get Loud is the title of a 2008 documentary by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim.One of the most dynamic gatherings in music history takes place in the new film IT MIGHT GET LOUD when legends Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White come together to play, compare notes and talk about music and their mutual love of the electric guitar. Directed by Davis Guggenheim and conceived by producer Thomas Tull, the film, through the words and music of three generations of musicians, celebrates the love affair these men and countless others have with the electric guitar, perhaps the most innovative and challenging instrument ever created.
IT MIGHT GET LOUD isnt like any other rockn roll documentary. Filmed through the eyes of three virtuosos from three different generations, audiences get up close and personal, discovering how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a studio musician and a painter from London and a seventeen-year-old Dublin schoolboy, each used the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and rise to the pantheon of superstar. Rare discussions are provoked as we travel with Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White to influential locations of their pasts. Born from the experience is intimate access to the creative genesis of each legend, such as Link Wrays Rumbles searing impression upon Jimmy Page, who surprises audiences with an impromptu air guitar performance. But thats only the beginning.

While each guitarist describes his own musical rebellion, a rockn roll summit is being arranged. Set on an empty soundstage, the musicians come together, crank up the amps and play. They also share their influences, swap stories, and teach each other songs. During the summit Pages double-neck guitar, The Edges array of effects pedals and Whites new mic, custom build into his guitar, go live. The musical journey is joined by visual grandeur too. We see the stone halls of Headley Grange where Stairway to Heaven was composed, visit a haunting Tennessee farmhouse where Jack White writes a song on-camera, and eavesdrop inside the dimly lit Dublin studio where The Edge lays down initial guitar tracks for U2s forthcoming single. The images, like the stories, will linger in the mind long after the reverb fades.

IT MIGHT GET LOUD might not affect how you play guitar, but it will change how you listen. The film is directed and produced by An Inconvenient Truths Davis Guggenheim, and produced by Thomas Tull, Lesley Chilcott and Peter Afterman.



On Camera: Jamaal Finkley

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Comments • 3,285

Zack Ramsey
People's disrespect for The Edge is unbelievable. Page and other blues artists came before him so he is always compared to them, but The Edge is in a whole different realm. Like he said, he goes crazy trying to perfect his tone. To him, it is all about the emotion and feeling he can express which is what it should be about at the end of the day. And trust me, I've seen him shred some solo's. He has said himself though that he is not that kind of guitar player because he doesn't like that style of playing. It is not always how complicated something is, but what the end result is. If he was a player like Page, then no one would care because that has been done! U2 started in the 80's. Do you realize how boring it would have been to hear another Led Zeppelin? The Edge and U2 in general pushed the limits of their time period. Open your minds people. I hate this redundant argument that if it is harder to play than it is better.
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Matt Smith
This movie is not about arguing who is the better guitar player. It is about what the guitar means to each individual player. Did you watch the movie?? In case you haven't heard, most of the greatest songwriters ever are not guitar geniuses, but that doesn't mean they don't have an emotional connection to their instrument. As far as The Edge messing with effects and tones, his fucking band has sold 150 MILLLION fucking records. If people want to disrespect that they are idiots. The name of the game is about songwriting. It isn't about being a guitar hero. You can go to the Berkley School of Music to find those guys. There are very few Edge's in this world. Just because someone is a great songwriter, it doesn't mean he doesn't have an immense connection to his main instrument. Again, The Edge was a  part of an era of music that felt musical virtuosity was something to piss on. He is the single greatest, greatest force to emerge from the punk movement. Not that U2 were a punk band, but their heroes were the Clash. The idea of this movie is to not group Page with freaking Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck. It was to take a successful artist that has sold an immense amount of records and talk about their ambitions towards the instrument. It wasn't a movie about proving who was the best player. I swear, 98% of the people who comment on this movie have never seen it. I was in literal FUCKING TEARS when the Edge talked about his initial motivations towards music. It was for U2 to be a force to stop the blood shed and horror that was going on in Northern Ireland. Every note he played was to save his nation, and we're talking about whether he knows the dorian mode?? Who the hell cares. THAT is what this movie was about. It would've been a disaster to get a guy as technically proficient as Page. Even Page admires Edge and his approach to the guitar during the movie.
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Ammar Mustafa
I only see one rock legend and that of course is page 
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AbbeyRoadkill1
Page is a legendary plagiarizer.
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CPapadakis
when the fuck did jack white become a legend?
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Morgan McMahon
God, just imagine if this had been Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi and David Gilmour. 
Edward Maravilla
B.B. King should have been in this
Zack D
I can see that that would be great, but I think the director was trying to get different stories from different scenes and time periods. Those three were all in the British scene of rock and early metal around the same period. All kings of course
Werner Voss
Three Rock Legends my ass. One rock legend....one fairly good abstract player...and one fucktard that doesnt deserve to be on the same stage.
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ropestar23
yep, The Edge is average!
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Richard Keltron Keltner
There is only one guitar legend in this room.. Jimmy Page..
Steve Granda
Jimmy Page is sayin' to himself: "Who the fuck is the Edge?"
WalterJacksonFreeman
that's what I was saying,I kmow Jack,he's a Detroit Homeboy!
Bruno Frassetto
Sorry folks but I see just one guitar legend there and is Jimmy Page... this other guys are in other page of jimmy he is a legend, a symbol, a god. So please "Three Rock Legends" is not right
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kenneth kendrick
+Alessandro De Robertis not point of you,,, in english it my point of view, but not just that its a professional look at the 3,,,,Edge is pretty good but no legend and that other guy sux, his playing sux, his music sux, so calling him a legend is a disgrace but shows how many people dont know shit about music or the compilation of music
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JEsus Crist
jimmy page,david gilmour,mark knopfler whould be a great threesome!
Robert Plant on cocaine
hell yeah!!!
Jake Meade
A guitarist playing something excruciatingly hard doesn't make them a legend. If it did, the guys in Dragonforce would be the greatest guitarists ever. Jimmy Page IS a legend, no question. He's one of the best musicians ever to pick up the axe, but the Edge and Jack White are as well. The Edge employs effects better than nobody, and his sound is incredibly hard to replicate - almost impossible. And Jack White's infectious melodies and quirky slide playing complement his great soloing perfectly. It's the same argument that I make as for why I think Page is a better guitarist than Hendrix. It's not the incredible skill or the speed at which you play that makes you a legendary, it's how you play and when you decide to use that skill.
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Jake Meade
yes you can, sir
NuclearCowProductions
Jake Meade can i like this multiple times
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