MEANWHILE IN MEMPHIS: The Sound Of A Revolution is a documentary film about the modern Memphis DIY music community. The power of Memphis music did not stop with Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, BB King, Sun & Stax Records; the REVOLUTION continued. After the music industry left Memphis in the late 70′s, a new Memphis music arose out of the underground with a true independent spirit. This historical anthology reveals Memphis musicians & labels who carried on the city’s independent DIY theme.
The film discusses Memphis luminaries such as Jim Dickinson, Al Kapone, The Grifters, Jay Reatard, Tav Falco, The North Mississippi Allstars, Goner Records, Harlan T Bobo, Alicja Trout, Shangri La Records, Alex Chilton, The Reigning Sound, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, Monsieur Jeffrey Evans, The Oblivians, The Klitz, DJ Spanish Fly, Makeshift Music, Jack O., Snowglobe, Gangsta Blac & many more. The film also includes commentary by Jody Stephens (Big Star), director Craig Brewer (“Black Snake Moan”), John Fry (Ardent Studio), Robert Gordon (author of “It Came From Memphis”), director John Michael McCarthy (“Cigarette Girl”), Chris Reyes (Live From Memphis), Sherman Willmott (Shangri La Records), Ross Johnson (Alex Chilton / Tav Falco’s Panther Burns), and others that have been a part of the scene for many many years.
One time when Alex was in Glasgow he asked if I knew a song by Carly Simon called ‘The Right Thing To Do’. I said I didn’t know it. He said he knew I would love it and promised when he got home he’d put it on a tape for me and send it over. A few weeks later a tape arrived from Alex, with a note explaining he couldn’t find the album with the track on it so he had to record him and a couple of friends doing a version of it. He was right, I love the song. I hope you love it too. Duglas