Monday, December 14, 2015


Friends told me about this documentary when it first came out two years ago but only got to finally see it tonight and it was worth the wait. The story of the people who made Muscle Shoals synonymous with soul music and hit records in the 1960s and '70s and beyond as told in this film is not only inspiring and moving as one of those miracles of a time and place that somehow produces genius and masterpieces, but equally touching and uplifting because it defies all racial expectations and generalities to uncover an unlikely center of racial harmony in a time of disruptive and contentious racial strife.

Almost made me nostalgic for sweet home Alabama, and that's saying a lot for someone who experienced the total segregation of 1962 South Carolina in the service and swore to never spend time in the South again. Thanks to this film for dispelling some of my own stereotypes about Alabama. Or at least the music that came out of Muscle Shoals

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