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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - January 30, 2014

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Tonight the CRAS AES Student Chapter watched the documentary "It Might Get Loud" featuring Jimmy page (Led Zeppelin), Jack White (The White Stripes), and The Edge (U2) all telling their personal stories, each representing a different generation of electric guitar. They talk about how they each developed their own unique styles and preferences. They also share their influences, share stories, and teach each other songs. Jimmy Page shared that he first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and is self taught. Painting was also an artistic interest of his, and he actually attended Sutton Art College in Surrey to pursue this other love. It was during this time Page began playing as a session musician. While doing session work he joined a band called the Yardbirds and when they disbanded, Page recruited other artists to create Led Zeppelin. U2 was formed in 1978 by Larry Mullen (Bono) and David Howell Evans (The Edge). U2 has been acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, and The Edge's distinctive guitar style is a hallmark of their work. His style is considered minimalist with heavy time based and dynamic effects. U2 has won a whopping 22 Grammies and have released 14 studio albums. Jack White of The White Stripes led the band to much success. The band was formed in 1997 and includes his sister Meg. They have released 6 critically acclaimed albums and won 5 Grammy awards, not to mention they are hugely popular worldwide. White also formed a second band called The Raconteurs in 2005. Their first hit was "Steady As She Goes" and was a big success. Not only is Jack White a globally renowned rock writer/performer he is also an award winning producer. He is a very unique and talented man. This movie was very entertaining, and it was interesting to hear these three men sit together and jam while reminiscing over their amazing careers.

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