It Might Get Loud

It Might Get Loud is a rockumentary about the electric guitar, as seen through the eyes of three iconic artists from three different generations: Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. During the course of the movie we find out how each of these amazing performers approaches the craft of creating music, their philosophies concerning the guitar as an instrument (some of which turn out to be in direct conflict with each other), and their personal histories and attitudes concerning their various bands and landmark careers. In a word, it’s fascinating.

Three moments stand out for me. One, Jimmy Page’senraptured expression as he takes us through his personal music collection and plays some of his most favorite guitar recordings from the deep past; two, Jack White’s blood smeared all over his guitar as he obsessively plays riffs until his fingers bleed; and three, The Edge explaining the genesis of the intro to “Where The Streets Have No Name.”

One odd moment that I still haven’t figured out completely is a segment where Jack White is seen hanging out with a nine year old kid that looks and dresses exactly like him. I’m not sure if that kid is Jack’s son, or related to him in some way or if we’re supposed to think that this is Jack as a nine year old being taught and counseled by his future self. It’s just strange and somehow disconcerting.

My takeaway from the movie is just that I really loved learning more about these three guys as individuals and artists. Guitarists are in some ways in an anonymous and underappreciated role in any band: unless they also operate as the front man (as Jack White sometimes does) they are often relegated to the background, while the singer gets most of the spotlight and speaks for the band. This movie let’s us hear them without their frontman filters.

Whatever your feelings about these three artists and their music going in, it seems impossible to come out of this movie without a renewed respect and increased appreciation for each of them. These are not only three very influential and accomplished guitarists and songwriters, they are three very interesting and likeable people. I’m glad I got the chance to know them a little better.

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3 Responses

  1. Nice post. BTW, the nine year old kid is uspposed to be a representation of himself (Jack White) as a kid. Check out the press conference on the bonus features.

  2. Thanks, bentalbert. There’s a well-written opposing viewpoint here:

    http://www.dontdodumbthings.com/2010/02/04/thrash-of-the-titans/

  3. I’m way late on this, but I had absolutely NO idea about the nine year old kid. I was wondering about that kid throughout the movie, too.

    Regardless of the kid, I loved the movie.

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