It Might Get Loud only intermittently gets loud, but that’s ok. It’s not really about jamming out in your living room (although the part where Page starts tearing through “Ramble On” had me breaking out the air guitar), as much as it’s about discovering the beauty and individual artistry behind these two-and-a-half guitar legends. (Come on, you can’t convince me White is quite of legendary status yet; Edge is only approaching it.) At any rate, they all know how to shred, slide, strum and pick like anti-pop savants, and that is primarily what the doc reveals.
There’s not a whole lot of explanation into the how’s as much as there is into the why’s; each guy from a different background and different generation, and each with his own impossibly notorious signature sound. It’s hard to even begin to describe the sounds they each can produce in words here, but it’s more exciting to watch them describe the sounds of their favorite songs and/or guitarists. That’s really what the film is about: the makeup of each of these artists and an attempt to unveil what made them create the material they have.
It’s a fun film, but in some respects seems almost too self-congratulatory when there is nothing really gained by the short bursts of interaction in the film. I mean it doesn’t even feel like they really interact with each other – much less ask all the questions that you or I would no doubt have. In fact, the interaction of the three of them wants to be the best part of the picture but is for all intents and purposes edited out! A run through the deleted scenes on the DVD will give you a feel for all the material that was omitted. But even the scenes where they’re on their own reminiscing are in many respects lackluster and pointless. Bottom line here is, unless you’re a hardcore fan of guitar or any of these three musicians, there’s not a lot for you here. They’re awesome guitarists and genius musicians, and now I’ve saved you 97 minutes of your life.
It occurred to me the other day as I sat aimlessly pondering the state of rock music today, that Jack White is a force to be reckoned with. Maybe. Well, see, I started to recall all these things from this past year that I heard/read/saw White involved with. So, in boredom, I compiled a short list. Feel free to add bullets if I’ve left anything out. Chronological order too, nonetheless. Maybe.
Jack opens a record store for his Third Man Records label, in Nashville
Jack forms another band called Dead Weather (in which he takes a turn at the drums)
Dead Weather release a fantastic debut titled “Horehound”
Jack makes his attempt at bringing back vinyl (it was already back, though, sorry)
Jack starts up a record pressing plant at his Nashville store
Jack offers a subscription-only vinyl service to fans with lots of income
Jack uses his store to create “limited” edition vinyl pressings
One of these pressings is “tri-colored, jukebox-labeled vinyl designed and created by Jack White”
Dead Weather get a pretty awesome music video treatment from Jonathan Glazer
Jack opens fly-by-night Third Man Record stores in both NYC and London
Jack appears alongside two other infamous axe-slingers in the glorious rock-doc It Might Get Loud
Jack releases a Carl Sagan-YouTube mashup-hit “A Glorious Dawn” on his label (in vinyl, of course). You can watch the video for the track below:
I’m sure there’s more that belong in there, but a better question is what is he going to be up to in 2010? Well, the first tidbit came out just recently and that is the Under the Great White Northern Lights 2007 tour film which is being released on March 16th in a massive boxset containing the following:
A DVD of the film
A DVD of White Stripes 10th anniversary show (titled “The White Stripes Under Nova Scotian Lights”)
A 16-track White Stripes live album recorded during the Canadian shows on 180 gram vinyl
A 16-track White Stripes live album recorded during the Canadian shows on CD
A 7″ (featuring “Icky Thump” and “The Wheels on the Bus” recorded live)
A 208 page book featuring photos from the Canadian tour taken by Autumn de Wilde (with a foreword by Jim Jarmusch!)