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January 14 @ 7:00pm
For its next presentation, the Livingston Film Series is delighted to present a free screening of music-based documentary Muscle Shoals on Sunday, January 14th at 7pm.Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. “I’ll Take You There,” “Brown Sugar,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “I Never Loved a Man the Way That I Loved You,” “Mustang Sally,” “Tell Mama,” “Kodachrome,” and “Freebird” are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.
At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique “Muscle Shoals sound” and the rhythm section “The Swampers.”
In this documentary, legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.
Now in its third season, the Livingston Film Series presents a wide variety of independent features, documentaries, local films, and special screenings on the second Sunday of every month in the Shane Center’s Dulcie Theatre. A reception precedes each film at 6:30pm. Admission is always free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Visit www.theshanecenter.org for further details and a complete schedule of upcoming films. A preview, Crazy Wise, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, and Funny Bones are all set to screen.
The Livingston Film Series is generously sponsored by Marilyn Clotz, Mary Ann Bearden, and Donald B. Gimbel. •