Amy Mantis


Rock & Roll Education - It Might Get Loud

I once wrote a song called “Rock and Roll Education.”

You see, I was deeply moved by the movie School of Rock.  I’ve had a School of Rock poster on my door since I was 13.  After I saw the movie, I didn’t want a guitar - I needed a guitar.

One of my favorite things to do is to educate myself on the music and the musicians I love.  Some notable favorite documentaries/movies/concerts are:

School of Rock (obviously)
Amazing Journey: the Story of the Who*
The Kids Are Alright*
Almost Famous (I know it’s not real, but it practically is)
Shine A Light
The Last Waltz
Spinal Tap (see Almost Famous)
No Direction Home
The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scott’s
It Might Get Loud

(*I’m a huge fan of the Who.  Huge)

Today I received It Might Get Loud on DVD.  I saw it before it was released and have seen it several times since.  Then Netflix took it off Instawatch.  I haven’t seen it in a while and I’m really excited to tap into the minds of Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White.  Sometimes you need to get out of your own head for a bit and try a new approach.


It Might Get Loud is a must-see for every guitar player.  Regardless of style - and regardless of your personal opinion on any of the guys in the film.  They all have done remarkable things and have been uncompromising throughout their careers.  And the Edge and Jack White understand where they are on the totem pole.  Hats off to them.

It’s only 9PM.  There’s a great chance I’ll go straight for my guitar immediately after the movie.

Merry Christmas!

Top Five:

Joni Mitchell (received a couple CDs of hers today)
Fleetwood Mac
Led Zeppelin
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers