Alfred Music Publishing is the world's largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational reference pop and performance materials for teachers students professionals and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument style and difficulty level. Rattle and Hum follows the Irish group U2 on their concert tour of the United States in support of their seventh album Joshua Tree. The politically involved rock quartet sets their sights on American musical influences quickly immersing themselves in the musical culture with a recording session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. Four tracks were recorded that ended up on their next record appropriately called Rattle And Hum. Blues Legend B.B.King adds his vocals and guitar work to Love Comes To Town and Angel Of Harlem is a passionate tribute to the late Billie Holiday. In addition to their original material the band covers gems from The Beatles Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Director Phil Joanou combines black-and-white with color photography to capture the band on and off the stage. Rattle And Hum is one of the best musical documentaries of all time. Both the musical and political passion of U2 is evident in every frame. Approximate running time is 98 minutes.
This is not a film for anyone looking for an introduction to Irish band U2's career in the 1980s, but it is a vibrant portrait of an established group making its musical pilgrimage through the America it has always imagined through blues, gospel, and early rock 'n' roll. Filmmaker Phil Joanou (Heaven's Prisoners
), a veteran music-video director and maker of the distractingly kinetic Three O'Clock High
, finds a suitable outlet for his high energy in this juggernaut of a journey, which finds U2 collaborating with a black gospel choir and B.B. King, recording inside the legendary Sun Records studio, dropping by Graceland, and in a moment of fearlessness, performing the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" to exorcise Charles Manson's sick claim on the song. --Tom Keogh
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