It Might Get Loud (2009)
In his latest documentary, director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) gathers three of the greatest guitarists of all time to interact with each other, explain their craft, and reflect on the remarkable trajectories of their personal stories. Jimmy Page (b. 1944) of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin intended to study biology and "cure cancer," but early on got the music bug. He played his guitar at school recess so much that the teachers confiscated it. An initial stint as a studio session guitarist playing "muzak" was so depressing that he vowed "never to play the music of others." Edge (b. 1961) of U2 describes the note he saw on a high school bulletin board about starting a band. His fate, he reflects, could easily have been far different. Jack White (b. 1975) of The White Stripes grew up the youngest of ten kids in a Hispanic section of Detroit. As a kid he got rid of his bed to stuff two drum sets into his seven-by-seven bedroom; he slept on the floor. His apprenticeship as an upholsterer and acceptance to Catholic seminary turned out to be false starts to his true calling. Music lovers will revel in this film, as will anyone who has ever reflected on the true nature of authentic vocation.