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    Posted 2 months ago

    Brunswick
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    Hello CW Land,
    Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Located in Northwest Alabama along the Tennessee River, nestled shortly above the Bankhead Natl. Forest. A favorite fishing area with diversified manufacturing. It is steeped in History, with the Helen Keller and blues legend C.W. Handys childhood homes close by in the nearby Citys of Florence and Tuscumbia.
    One of the most well-known "Secrets" of the area is the recording of Music and the studios located there...And a sound that only could come from some great studio musicians known as 'The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section' for many years.
    Over the years, a slew of artists have graced the inner walls of these studios..From Bob Seger to Sheryl Crow And two that you see respectively, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones, showing Mick Jagger with Mick Taylor behind him, who replaced guitarist Brian Jones for a spell after Brians untimely death. Later, Ron Wood would leave the Faces and replace Taylor....They are working on the 'Sticky Fingers' album.
    A Gentleman by the name of Jimmy Johnson, was a great recording pioneer. He just passed away a few years ago now. More on him later, for you see, come this coming month of March sometime, I will have a Part Two to this...I'll take You inside......Oh...'The Wizard Of Menlo Park', Mr. Thomas Edison...The world of Music recording owes quite a bit of credit to this Man!!

    Thank You,
    Thomas.

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    Comments

    1. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 2 months ago
      He don’t make things up he’s Real to Reel
    2. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 months ago
      The pics are archives. I did not take. I will be when there. This post is merely introduction to this recording mecca. I make nothing up, contrary to belief. Music I've done since childhood. I live and breathe just a few hours South of here.
      Most, when thinking of recording, think New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, etc., but the hideaway has been the Shoals.
      My uncle, Sheffield, Ala. Native David Hood, Guitarist/Bassist Muscle Shoals sound on many a recordings. His son, like myself, is a percussionist.
      Like some here, I get no thrills from pretending to be someone I am not. I mean why??
      So you can continue to target while I continue to Live.

      Thomas.
    3. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Brunswick, Very cool. :-)

      The IDs/Credits for the first picture:

      *snip*

      Jimmy Johnson, Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor and Terry Woodford in the
      control room of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios during the Rolling Stones’
      December 1969 recording session. Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Johnson.

      *snip*

      https://www.timesdaily.com/news/local/marker-to-recall-rolling-stones-session-in-shoals/article_37b62838-5035-11e4-b4f3-001a4bcf6878.html

      For the second picture:

      *snip*

      (L-R) Jimmy Johnson, Rod Stewart, Barry Beckett, unknown at the Sailing recording session

      *snip*

      http://asheville273.rssing.com/chan-10682581/all_p2.html

      Gonna do a post on Edison, huh? What an interesting guy. He was brilliant, but also rather hyper-protective about his patents. There are stories from numerous sources that early filmmakers in Hollywood would hightail it to Mexico if they got wind of an imminent raid by his enforcers. };-) :

      *snip*

      Edison created a film studio which ended up making more than 1,200 films. The majority of the films were short films showing everything from acrobats to parades to fire calls. Edison’s company even created the first edition of better-known films such as Alice in Wonderland and Frankenstein. As the film business expanded, competing exhibitors routinely copied and exhibited each other films (the very first movie bootleggers). In response to these Edison started depositing the films with the U.S. copyright office. To further crackdown on the bootlegging Edison started the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC), which was a conglomerate of nine major film studios (which was also known as the Edison Trust). The MPPC standardized the manner in which films were exhibited and distributed in the U.S. and also improved the quality of U.S. motion pictures by internal competition. On the flipside, the MPPC also established a monopoly on all aspects of filmmaking. MPPC control of patents on motion picture cameras ensured that only MPPC studios were able to film, and the movie projector patents allowed the company to make licensing agreements with distributors and theatres, thus determining who could screen their films and where they were screened at. The patents also allowed MPPC to use federal law enforcement officials to enforce their licensing agreements and to prevent unauthorized use of their cameras, films, projectors, and other equipment. That still wasn’t enough for the MPPC however, they used hired thugs and mob connections to violently disrupt productions that weren’t licensed by them. Whoever knew Edison was so gangsta though?

      Many independent filmmakers, responded to the actions of the MPPC by moving their operations to Hollywood California, where the distance from Edison and the MPPC home base of New Jersey made it more difficult for the MPPC and their..thug friends to enforce its patents. Another reason Hollywood was chosen was that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (based in San Francisco) was averse to implementing patent claims. Southern California was also selected because of its beautiful year-round weather, and diverse landscape gave the ability to offer set shootings in deserts, mountains and even jungles. One more quirk appealed to filmmakers about Hollywood; if a non-licensed studio was sued, it was only a 100 miles to “run for the border” to get out of the U.S. to Mexico where the patents were not in effect, and therefore equipment could not be seized. The end for the MPPC came when a federal court ruled in 1915, that the MPPC’s acts went “far beyond what was necessary to protect the use of patents or the monopoly which went with them” and therefore was an illegal restraint of trade under the Sherman Anti Trust Act. (United States v. Motion Picture Patent Co.)

      *snip*

      https://mwmblog.com/2019/01/06/unintended-consequences-edison-patents-and-the-creation-of-hollywood/
    4. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 months ago
      Kera, Edison is one of my favorite historical figures. He did not invent the Gramaphone, A. Bell did, Edison improved on it. Edison did invent the cylinder, pic above, and recorded the first anything, 'Mary Had A Little Lamb.
      I'm going to put up on front page another Edison from my past posts..a 122 years old...... Hold on.
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      I didn’t recognize Edison as a handsome young man....pictures I’ve seen of him were in his later years.
      Nice post you have, chock full of interesting facts and pictures....I’m holding my breath till you post part II!
      I believe you about the incredible music talent in Alabama: several years ago, in a flight from Atlanta to LasVegas, a man who claimed to be in Little Richard’s band, sat next to my husband. He said he lives in Alabama but flies to wherever LR did concerts. He said he would concert leave tickets for us at a venue’s “will call” box for the following night.
      Even tho we had doubts and anticipated feeling foolish, we showed up at that venue and asked for the free tickets, to our total amazement, we were handed 4 tickets!
      Our seats were in row 7, right down front mid-center, right in front of Little Richard. And right there by him was our seat mate from the flight, playing guitar, just like he said.
      It was a fabulous high-energy and entertaining concert....courtesy of an Alabama musician!!
    6. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 months ago
      Watchsearcher, Simply wow!! A Great story! My son just went to Vegas!!,
      EJW-54, Vetraio, Keramikos, Newfld, Vetraio, Broochman, Aura, Sean, Fortapache, Kwqd And Bobby, Thanks to one and all here much!! Allways!!

      Thomas.
    7. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 months ago
      Lucas And Nicefice, Thanks you 2 much for the Love And Support!!

      Thomas.
    8. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 months ago
      Karen(Racer4four), Thanking You Kindly My Friend!!

      Thomas.
    9. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 months ago
      Iggy, Thanking You Kindly My Friend!!

      Thomas.
    10. Brunswick Brunswick, 1 month ago
      Trey, Iggy And Officialfuel, Thanks you 3 Gentlemen here much!!!

      Thomas.

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