Doco of the Month: Under the Volcano
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The story of Montserrat’s celebrated recording studio and the musicians – including Dire Straits, Elton John and the Police – enticed by its idyllic Caribbean vibe.
Nestled in the shadow of a then-dormant volcano, AIR Studios was founded in 1979 by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. His goal was to provide an artist-friendly space with a relaxed Caribbean ambience and top-notch technicians. The friendly islanders contributed to the chilled-out atmosphere.
For a decade the biggest names in the business travelled to the tiny island – Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones, being just a few. Their trips inspired songs such as ‘Money for Nothing' and ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'.
Director Gracie Otto traces AIR Studios' heyday, with interviews and wonderfully evocative archive footage of musicians at work and play. A must-see for music fans of the era!
‘The doc will be catnip to the class of record nerds who care about which great records came out of which bygone studios’ - Variety
This title is held in the NFSA collection
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