Jimmy Page/Edge/White Gtr Doc

Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White Star in Guitar Doc It Might Get Loud

Jack White by F. Reda
Davis Guggenheim, the director-producer who brought Al Gore's Earth-shattering An Inconvenient Truth to life, has finished work on a new documentary about the history of the electric guitar and the men who make it roar. Set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, It Might Get Loud was shot in London, Dublin, Nashville and Los Angeles and will tell the story through three guitarists from three different generations: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White.

The film features each axe man explaining how he changed the sound of the electric guitar to fit his vision and style. The three musicians were specifically chosen for their impact on popular music over time: Jimmy Page's influence in the '60s as a session musician and a member of the Yardbirds, The Edge's work in the '80s with U2 and Jackie White's current guitar slinging in the White Stripes and the Raconteurs. Also included in the documentary is a jam session featuring all three artists.

[Published on: 5/13/08]

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Shmo-Kaine starstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 11:01AM
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ManyRoads starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 11:09AM
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ManyRoads

Jack White average at best? That's really funny and slightly disrespectful.

jjwood starstar Tue 5/13/2008 11:14AM
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More like Jack White is overrated, as are The White Stripes! If you dig them, enjoy! I have yet to make it through any 10 minutes of their music without wincing.

newtongimmick Tue 5/13/2008 11:22AM
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toaster100 starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 11:32AM
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I think real musicianship comes when a musician can be appreciated by a diverse audience (ie: bela fleck, marley, dylan, etc...) or their playing has to be so profound that people have respect for the talent and skill regardless of how fond they are of the music (ie: satriani, hammet, van halen). I see why page and the edge are in here. But as for profound and innovative guitarists in the 20th century goes....there are a few that come into my mind before jack white.

phish3110 Tue 5/13/2008 11:36AM
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toaster: u said it best

gmoo Tue 5/13/2008 11:45AM
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gmoo

This is Red Rocks! This is the Edge!

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 11:58AM
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HoodooVoodoo

I'll take Jack White over Eddie Van Halen or Joe Satriani. Sure they are talented, but talent is useless when all you use it for is musical masturbation. And Eddie is just a total jizz rag.

theguykeator Tue 5/13/2008 12:02PM
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theguykeator

Im pretty pumped for this doc!! But I agree, I dont understand how Jack White has changed the sound of the electric guitar or had an impact on music over time? I could be wrong but hasnt he only been around for like five years. Its hard to impact music over time in 5 years. I could think of 10 other musicians who I think could replace him.

iamseancarney Tue 5/13/2008 12:25PM
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jack white is definitely above average, he puts together some of the best riffs of anyone or group around today.

biged starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 12:35PM
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biged

I bet this movie is going to be very good. I love all three of these axe men!

By the way Jack White is so very under rated. If you cant appreciate the music he makes with the White Stripes then give the Raconteurs a listen,

crowesfan Tue 5/13/2008 12:43PM
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crowesfan

Jack White is overrated as are The White Stripes. Give me The Black Keys

marley9 Tue 5/13/2008 12:45PM
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that track up there is a great fucking song

desert_drifter Tue 5/13/2008 12:53PM
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desert_drifter

jack white was chosen because he has a unique style that is different (not necessarly better) than other guitarist of this generation. this doesn't mean he is the best - i'm sure that trey and many others can blow him away. if you think he sucks, listen to more than 10 minutes of his music.

cam0083 starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 12:57PM
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cam0083

I do like Jack White and the White Stripes but if you're going to pick another popular musician from the modern era how about John Frusciante. He's been around for a while now with the Chili Peppers and seems to keep coming up with something better and better every album they put out.

cam0083 starstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 12:57PM
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cam0083

I also think this would be worth seeing just for the jam session alone.

D.B.Higdon starstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 12:58PM
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D.B.Higdon

All three of the guys listed are great in their own way. I definitely like the stripped down, bare bones approach that Jack White takes and then turns around and makes pretty flashy riffs out of it, but I have to agree, I don't think that he's been on the scene long enough to be considered by most as an innovator. As far as Page, well, he's one of the best soloists of all time. Hands down. That goes for Eddie, too. Whether you blast the Van Halen out of your rolled down windows or not, his playing is bad ass. The Edge has definitely put in time through the synthed out 80s till the present. If you want to add someone who really utilized the creativity of the guitar and who represented the '90s and the '00s, I'd suggest Tom Morello. Nothing against Jack White, but you're talking about people who have undergone many changes in sound, atmosphere, and personal growth, and I don't know if I'd say that he's weathered enough to be put in that category. Yet.

Shmo-Kaine Tue 5/13/2008 12:59PM
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Shmo-Kaine

I wasn't saying I like Eddie, all I was saying is that when I think of people that changed guitar in the past years Edge and Jack White definately don't come to mind. White Stripes are ok, just because Jack White is a good song writer, doesn't make him a great guitarist.

gratefuled starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 01:06PM
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gratefuled

I think this trio is great! Just to toss in a couple cents, Jack White reminds me of Neil Young when it comes to his song structure and guitar lead style. You can't compare White or Young to virtuosos like Vai, Satriani, Van Halen, etc., however in my opinion I think Neil Young and/or White Stripes tunes have a much larger impact on american pop culture and are a good deal more interesting to listen to.

Jameseari starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 01:11PM
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Jack White is perfect for this documentary. Ask every band that has made it big in the last 5-8 years if The White Stripes were an influence on their sound, and I bet you they will say yes. Also the documentary is about how those three influential artists "changed the sound of the electric guitar to fit his vision and style". This will be very interesting, and for those of you who took the time to read this article, and post a comment, you should probably just enjoy what most likely will be an incredible documentary.

thewormisgod starstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 01:14PM
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edge stylistically changed the face of the guitar with his use of reverb and delay pedals, set the stage for 90's guitarists, jack white made a 1 and a half person band one of the most popular and influential bands of the last 8 years, this dvd isnt an arpreggio contest, its about how people keep reinventing a 6 string peice of wood and metal.

icculus2811 starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/13/2008 02:33PM
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Damn straight wormgod... I love reading through things like this and people just bashing someone but not giving an alternative...

EVH is tits for sure, but I also think that he is the same "generation" as The Edge not Jack White (who kicks ass), and being a die-hard U2 fan, Edge wins. These three guitarists changed their own sound quite a bit over the course of their own careers and in doing so had profound influences on those that came after them. I think that is the point of the documentary.

Plus I think it's funny that no one has admitted yet that they didn't know Jimmy Page was in the Yardbirds.. You mean OAR didn't write Fool in the Rain?!?!?

FreeHawk Tue 5/13/2008 04:17PM
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FreeHawk

alot of us know Page,Beck and Clapton got their start in the yardbirds

MoreTunes Tue 5/13/2008 04:21PM
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MoreTunes

Salute Your Solution!!! Oh i get it now...the words are spelled almost the same, and sound the same, so that must mean White is a fricken Rock genius. No offense to all you White fans, but ????

bill12 Tue 5/13/2008 04:51PM
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bill12

jack white could make anyone sound good. take meg white she not the best in the world

pottad Tue 5/13/2008 04:57PM
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^Yeah and Meg White still sounds like shit. Jack White is the most overrated guitarist possibly ever. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him top 15 in there Top 100 guitarists of ALL TIME. Trey #73, Gilmore #82. That could just show how bunk Rolling Stone is though.

jimmy row Tue 5/13/2008 05:16PM
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Jackie White? I thought it was Jack White....oh and hes been around for a lot longer than 5 years theguykeator. I love how they mention Page's work in the 60's with the Yardbirds which is worth mentioning...but what about Zep dude? How can you mention Jimmy Page's name and not mention Zep?

groovatronics Tue 5/13/2008 10:59PM
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gmoo Wed 5/14/2008 05:31AM
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gmoo

I only like Trey wanking for hours on end. Everything else isn't music. All songs under 30 minutes should never be played.

On a serious note...Jimi Hendrix, Buckethead. The rest can just bugger off in this conversation. Jimmy Page and Edge, are you f'in kidding me?

Chap420 Wed 5/14/2008 06:38AM
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Chap420

What about Jerry Cantrel I think Alice in Chains influenced alot more people than the White Stripes. for a later generation band

Zestystrat Wed 5/14/2008 06:43AM
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Jack White has no place being in this doc other than to attract younger eyeballs. There are a few dozen gtr players of his generation that are more interesting and compelling then JW.

While I'm not a huge Edge fan, as a guitar player of 20+ years, I respect what he does and his sonic choices are always interesting. I get why he would be included.

Other than Page, the other two choices aren’t guitarist’s guitarist’s if you know what I mean.

I’m sure I’ll catch it on cable once it makes it’s way over.

gmoo Wed 5/14/2008 07:25AM
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gmoo

Jerry Cantrell would be an excellent choice as well.

philhitz Wed 5/14/2008 07:41AM
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the edge? -- c'mon! -- how bout' les paul, jimmy page & warren haynes?

FreshFlavor starstar Wed 5/14/2008 07:42AM
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FreshFlavor

I'll take BucketHead over Edge and Jack White any day of the week. Shreds like a beast and his ballads like SoothSayer, Padmasana, white wash, and Earth Heals Herself hold incredible emotion.

sbruce44 starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/14/2008 08:26AM
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Wow, there are actually people on here questioning Page's guitar prowess? I am losing faith in humanity. Golf clap to toaster. Now, obviously there are other guitarists who would be worthy subjects, but the director has to worry about choosing guitarists who 1) are very prominent and recognizable to the general public, 2) have very distinctive styles (insofar as the doc is primarily an examination of stylistic divergence at an individual level), and 3) would agree to play together. Buckethead, Haynes, EVH... There are a lot of guys that would be fascinating subjects, but not all of them would really acheive the director's objectives. I don't think he is necessarily saying, "I'm picking Hendrix, Page, and White because I think they are the best." By the way, all three of these guys have chops; I dig Page and White, but I think Edge is a little too easy energy-wise for my tastes.

sbruce44 Wed 5/14/2008 08:27AM
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^I meant Page, Edge, and White, not Hendrix, Page, and White.

gmoo Wed 5/14/2008 08:36AM
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gmoo

Led Zeppelin's music is undeniably accessible, but if you are picking a Yardbirds guitarist, why Page? Granted he did some cool stuff with Willie Dixon tunes and the violin bow.

patchworkslave Wed 5/14/2008 10:05AM
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jack white is in my opinion one of the best guitar players around, and what makes him one of the best is his energy, simplicity, attitude, and style. he has turned a whole new generation of people onto the blues legends of the past. his licks are simple yet powerful. he may not be fancy, but thats not what playing guitar is about. i would take jacks blues riffs over van halens ego playing anyday.

DaveT star Wed 5/14/2008 10:33AM
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DaveT

Geez, leave it to you guys to miss the point. Newsflash! The movie is already made. Jack White is in it. No debate. Sounds like a cool premise. I look forward to seeing it. I completely understand Guggenheim's choices. Sounds like many of you aspire to make your own films. Good luck!

Zestystrat Wed 5/14/2008 10:53AM
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DaveT - we get it. The question is if he made decent choices to illustrate his point or did he make choices based on how popular the guitarists are.

On another note, it’s great that JW is turning people onto the blues, but that doesn’t make him a better guitar player.

I’m not saying he sucks, but I think his inclusion has less to do with his guitar playing then his popularity.

gr8fulwaggs Wed 5/14/2008 11:09AM
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gr8fulwaggs

patchwork, you are perhaps the only cat here who understands the insanity of Jack White. I'd say, other than Trey, he is probably the greatest guitarist alive today. The man is a total freak. During his live shows you hear rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, & keyboards...only thing is that Jack is making all of those sounds by himself, not even w/ loops. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY else around can do what he does. Anybody who has any doubt, just try to get your hands on any White Stripes show from 2002 or sooner. Rolling Stone named Jack the 17th greatest guitarist of all time. I'd say they got it about right. Meg White is sexy as all get out too...

joewilk Wed 5/14/2008 11:30AM
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Derek Trucks anyone??

daveapaug Wed 5/14/2008 12:09PM
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daveapaug

Jimmy Page is a great guitarist right up until he walks onstage. All the bootlegs that I've heard he sounds sloppy. And Jack White?? Are you kidding me?? I could think of a thousand players better than him. gr8fulwaggs^^ "Jack white is probably the greatest guitarist alive today"....tell me you didnt just post that....these article posts make me laugh out loud sometimes...

barnylee starstarstarstar Wed 5/14/2008 12:22PM
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barnylee

Jimmy Page is one of the greatest musicians of all time! 100 years from now, people will be cranking Zeppelin, "air guitaring" Page solos. Just because he may at times play loose, when live, it shows he's willing to go beyond the tightly structured solos that so many guitarists do when they play live. That's one of the many things I love about him so much. While the Edge has benefited from an incredible band that writes songs as good as it gets, he's also developed a very recognizable sound when it comes to guitar sounds. Not as badass soloist like Page, but certainly unique. I've even heard Satriani say that. Much respect for White too, but he's no comparison to Page.

therunaround Wed 5/14/2008 12:33PM
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Ok, Sure there are lots of other guitarist that probably do deserve a shout out, but you have to admit that White really does put his heart into the music that he plays. Just give the Jolene a listen.

"There is no bad music. Only different kinds of music."----Bob Dylan

barnylee Wed 5/14/2008 12:51PM
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barnylee

There is bad music! Just listen watch Yoko Ono screaching with the Dirty Mac band in Rock and Roll Circus!

DaveT Wed 5/14/2008 01:44PM
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DaveT

Zestystrat, couldn't agree more. This guy's making a movie. He wants to appeal to every demographic, and draw as many people as he can. I could care less about JW, but he does seem to have his heart in the right place. All three guitarists seem kinda coherent in a weird way. Complimentary if you will. JW obviously prays at the alter of "Page". Edge is an ambient type guitarist, pretty symbolic of the 80's-90's. Also very popular! Popular being the key word... and Page is Page. Zeppelin! None more popular. This is a movie...not who's your favorite player, or who best embodies the decade. Kinda petty... We all know who can play.

schofizzl Wed 5/14/2008 01:54PM
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schofizzl

okay i've been tired of jack white since that incredibly boring first single. ever since then people have tried and tried to turn me on to that shit but every time i give it another shot i leave unimpressed again. meg white needs to buy some more pieces for her drumset or at the very least learn to play the damn thing.

i have only played guitar for about 7-8 years, i'm not famous i'm not a prodigy or a professional, and i'll be the first to admit that. but i do know that i have yet to hear jack white play anything that i couldn't do after about 3 years of playing. i did hear some raconteurs stuff that i dug a little bit, but as far as jack white/white stripes go.... MEH.

groovatronics Wed 5/14/2008 07:13PM
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hey i like the white stripes, but you wanna talk modern blues or whatever you want ot call it, the keys are where it's at. and hey this'll probably be a very cool documentary, and you think they could get away with not talking about hendrix and eddy van? but hopefully they'll talk some jeff beck, roy buchanan and alvin lee. ya know, the underrated but overlyawesome.

daveapaug Thu 5/15/2008 08:38AM
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daveapaug

OK I just followed that link to his (1 minute) solo, and I can still think of a thousand better guitar players. And dont worry, I'm sure there will be a Fall Out Boy article, or interview, or show review on this "Jam" music site any day now.....

barnylee Thu 5/15/2008 10:26AM
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barnylee

Jimmy!!!!!! (White Summer 1970) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITmmZahE6qU

Larryfest2006 star Thu 5/15/2008 10:55AM
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schofizzl Thu 5/15/2008 02:45PM
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schofizzl

favian i dont understand what you were trying to say by posting that pointless link. hopefully you weren't being sarcastic by saying he sucks and actually think that noise was good.

bluefox starstarstarstar Sat 5/17/2008 12:50PM
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bluefox

I really like Jack White, and love the Raconteurs. Not as much into the White Stripes but I just don't think he is the greatest guitarist. His songwriting, general creative ability and vocals are great and the guitar playing is certainly impassioned but it is just part of the package for me. He often uses a thin reedy tone which I think sounds a little weak for the leads. He is better than the Edge, whose tone and overall sound is pretty cool but just sounds like a guy who really isn't that gifted a guitar player trying to make a unique cool sound. Jimmy Page is of course great though he is often very sloppy, even on the records. Regarless this seems like a flick worth checking out.

brainhouse420 Sun 5/18/2008 02:32PM
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I don't know shit about Jack, but i plan to check this dvd and see WHY the person who made the film put JW in the film.

Before you start bad mouthing the guy, why not see the film. If you like MUSIC who cares if it's any of the guitarists mentioned in this stream. As long as the film is good

brainhouse420 Sun 5/18/2008 02:34PM
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And you can make your own film about trey, hendrix, or your mom if you think they're so good !!!

i will cherish the day that i don't have to read a bunch of immature rants from people about BANDS on a MUSIC site !!!

Chris starstarstarstar Mon 5/19/2008 08:06PM
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Chris

Jack White??? Music with no bottom end?? How does that even make sense??

Joshua starstarstar Tue 5/20/2008 07:48AM
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Joshua

Page: great, Edge: I'll let slide for the sake that he went against the grain of his time, but choosing Jack White for this doc? Sounds like laziness, or lack of funding. Jack is a fine songwriter, and you can't go wrong with raunchy fuzz guitar, but he has not changed the sound of the guitar, or the way that it is played. Seriously overlooked the innovator of our generation Tom Morello. Most imaginative player since Van Halen (who should have been picked over the Edge) and is more than a respectable guitarist. Sadly, some great opportunities missed for this doc.

gr8fulwaggs Tue 5/20/2008 08:54AM
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All I can say to all of you Jack White knockers is that you totally missed the boat. There is a reason (for lack of a better source) that Rolling Stone named him the 17th greatest guitarist of all time and that he is in this video...HE IS A TOTAL FREAK on the guitar. He RULES!!! Reading some of these horrible (and completely ignorant) comments about Jack just makes me feel fortunate that I can hear and feel his beauty...Shred on Jack...and help me to meet yourself and Meg.

mule_101 Wed 5/21/2008 05:01PM
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I would have to say the selection fits pretty well for the purpose i never really understood the fuss about Jack Whites guitar playing until i saw him live and it really is amazing. But i definitly have to be with joewilk on this one, Derek Trucks should be mentioned all over this page. He is by far the most talented guitarist around today. When i go to an Allman show or to see Clapton, and Trucks makes people like Warren Haynes and Eric Clapton look like fools on stage he deserves some props.

Louis610 starstarstarstarstar Sat 9/6/2008 06:50PM
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Edge and Jack White have spoken at length about how they were influenced by Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin. My guess is that the narrative in the movie will be composed along that line, that there is heritage here that many of the fans of the individual artists are unaware of.

Of course, there are always going to be people who say something like "...Shakespeare? He wasn't that good, and he stole his ideas..." and other poorly informed but deeply entrenched opinions like that. I have seen a lot of rock acts, and Jack White and Edge are awesome performers. Jimmy Page was and still is beyond description, you knew that when you heard him the first time and every concert after that was different and more evidence of his greatness. There is a reason that so many guitarists at the highest level admire him, and are influenced by him.

Phreakshow Sun 9/28/2008 01:55PM
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Phreakshow

Gr8fulwaggs - you nailed it man.

TO ALL YOU JACK WHITE NAYSAYERS - If you really feel like there's nothing that can change your mind, then just do us all one last favor. Watch this video that I have the link to, I'm pretty sure it's the best guitar footage in the last 20 years.

And those of you who are throwing the Black keys out there - I love the keys to death, but I think the director here was picking out some players that are more universally known. Dan destroys, thats not even a question. But I'm tellin' ya, Theres a reason jack's in here, and if youre having a hard time seeing the point then just check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t1_ETuWIbE