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Review: 'Muscle Shoals' on PBS' 'Independent Lens'

Review: 'Muscle Shoals' on PBS' 'Independent Lens'

Coming to PBS on Monday via "Independent Lens," Greg Camalier's documentary film "Muscle Shoals" tells the story of the artists behind the artists whose names went on the label -- musicians such as David Hood, Roger Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett and Spooner Oldham, little known to most, but already legend to readers of album credits.

Set among the studios and players that turned an "undescript little town" (as local girl and Grateful Dead backup singer Donna Jean Godchaux calls it) into a recording capital, it begins, unfortunately, with a voice-over from Bono ("It's about alchemy, it's about turning metal, the iron in the ground, the rust,...