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Mussel Shoals...Amazing documentary, but where did the money come from?

I just got finished watching Mussel Shoals, which was an amazing documentary about Fame Studios and the musical dynasty created by Rick Hall. I was blown away by the film, but left wondering where the hell Rick Hall got the money to build the first iteration of Fame Studios. The beginning of the film discusses the poverty and hard times this guy went through, then kind of cuts to him in front of a rack of 12 LA-2A's.....what gives?

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i really wanted to know that...starts off saying "the floors were dirt in the house I grew up in" to BAM...tons of amazing gear in a great room
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I just got finished watching Mussel Shoals, ...where the hell Rick Hall got the money to build the first iteration of Fame Studios.
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I'll see if I can find out from a Swamper descendent.
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It's about 10 years since I read it, but I seem to remember that the book Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guralnick has a bit of info about Rick Hall's early years.

I just went to look for it but remembered that I lent it to a friend and never got it back.
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There's a Mussel Shoals in California, but I'm thinking that's not the one in the movie
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He wrote a few successful songs before building the studio.

Nice film.. Cool UA valve console.
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A few successful songs was enough to afford construction, treatment and equipment? If that is the case, times have certainly changed.
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Hmm..so I guess we have an answer? Seems a bit vague to me and leaves me surprised that they left that detail out in the movie.
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