Mussel Shoals...Amazing documentary, but where did the money come from?
Old 17th November 2013
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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?

Any insights?
Old 17th November 2013
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Old 17th November 2013
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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
Old 17th November 2013
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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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Old 17th November 2013
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I'll see if I can find out from a Swamper descendent.
Old 17th November 2013
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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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Muscle Shoals
There's a Mussel Shoals in California, but I'm thinking that's not the one in the movie
Old 17th November 2013
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He wrote a few successful songs before building the studio.

Nice film.. Cool UA valve console.
Old 17th November 2013
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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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Yup, times have changed..
Old 18th November 2013
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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.
Old 9th December 2014
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Hate to revive an old thread, (threadzombie), but I am curious as well. It seems that so many documentaries leave out that info... how did they get the funding to start it up? I see the answer on a few songs, but that seems vague. Were the songs hits and he got money from the royalties? Did he take out a loan to buy the property and build on it? If someone can answer I'd love to know!!!
Old 9th December 2014
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Hey Everyone - I found out!!! Quoted from an article on Fame Studios. "Hall was left with only a piece of paper giving him the rights to the name of the company – Fame. He set up on his own as a writer, mostly of radio jingles for local businesses, and, with money lent by one of his customers, a used-car dealer named Hansel Cross (who in his jingles styled himself as ‘hustling, handsome, Hansel Cross’), opened his own studio in an abandoned tobacco warehouse on the edge of town. He also married Hansel’s daughter, Linda."

So - he was lent the money (from his girlfriend/wife's father) to start the studio from a car dealer. I need to find some inlaws like that! hahahaha!!!
Old 9th December 2014
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The problem with the documentary is that it shuffles the film material. All of those gear porn stuff are from 1970 swedish document about the studio. At that time they already had a long successful career behind them. When we see tape rolling for the first time, the film is actually from that swedish document etc.

I really liked that document but the images are very misleading. Of course general public wont notice that.
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