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A host of music-world royalty — including Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Jimmy Cliff, and Alicia Keys — appear in this documentary tribute to the Alabama-based FAME Studios and its founder Rick Hall, who not only changed the course of modern music by developing the "Muscle Shoals sound" but brought black and white musicians together at the very centre of sixties America's racial crisis.
Tucked along the Tennessee River, the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama barely registers on a map — but as U2's Bono comments, there's something in that mud. In the midst of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, music impresario Rick Hall founded FAME Studios in the small town, and with his in-house band The Swampers developed the deep, soulful "Muscle Shoals sound" that created massive hits for everyone from Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to Mick Jagger and Gregg Allman &mdash. Even more impressive, he created a seemingly utopian space where black and white artists worked together in harmony, just down the road from Alabama's burning racial crisis. Featuring revealing interviews with numerous music icons — Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and more — Muscle Shoals is a fascinating account of one of the greatest untold stories in American music.