When you delve into music history, you’ll find that a majority of the most important and influential music ever created was only recorded at a few places. Places like Sun Studio in Memphis, Electrical Audio in Chicago, Electric Lady Studios in New York City and FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, are sacred ground. It’s where landmark albums came to be, legendary musicians stepped foot and brilliance shined. Another place was Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, owned by acclaimed producers Butch Vig and Steve Marker who are also part of the alternative rock act Garbage. At the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich on Friday, November 11, there will be a screening of the documentary on the recording studio titled The Smart Studios Story.
Parts of Nirvana’s masterpiece Nevermind, The Smashing Pumpkins’ debut Gish, The Con by Teagan and Sara, L7’s Bricks Are Heavy and a plethora of spectacular albums were recorded and produced at Smart Studios. It was a place for independent and underground rock acts to get recordings made from the studio’s infancy in the ‘80s right up to its closing in 2010. The documentary, directed by Wendy Schneider, examines the studio’s existence and origin. The film also features interviews with Vig, Marker, Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins and many others. It promises to provide an in-depth look at an historic space located within a building mistaken for being a crack house in the place known as Mad City.
After the screening there will be a Q&A with Schneider and it’ll be the only time and place in Rhode Island The Smart Studios Story will be shown. The Odeum is a wonderful venue to see any kind of performance either live on stage or on the big screen. At the time of this writing, it’s not sold out yet,, so grab a ticket and enjoy a bit of music history on Friday.
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