Director: Davis Guggenheim

97 minutes| U.S.A.| 2008| Colour| Digital Notes by Trevor Johnston

This film was released 8th January 2010, and is no longer screening.

The electric guitar isn’t so much an instrument, more of a calling in this affectionate triple-portrait of rock royalty – Led Zeppelin’s legendary Jimmy Page, U2’s very own sculptor in sound The Edge, and fiercely modern traditionalist Jack White of The White Stripes. Director Davis Guggenheim arranges a summit meeting in which they amiably spin tales and jam a little, though the real meat is where he follows each of them around their old haunts and lets them tell their own stories. We get The Edge taking us around his old school, before explaining how U2’s determination was shaped by the economic and political desolation of mid-’70s Ireland. We hear how Jimmy Page started Led Zep after years of frustration as a session sideman, while Jack White recalls seeking inspiration in the low-fi authenticity of early blues as an antidote to encroaching modern electronica. Enviable access and brilliant clips make this a prodigiously enjoyable assembly of pride, passion and monster riffs.

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