Jack Black, here’s how he convinced Led Zeppelin to grant Immigrant Song for School Of Rock

Jack Black, here’s how he convinced Led Zeppelin to grant Immigrant Song for School Of Rock
Jack Black, here’s how he convinced Led Zeppelin to grant Immigrant Song for School Of Rock
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In 2003 the actor-rock star Jack Black plays the role that defines his career, that of Dewey Finn in Richard Linklater’s film, School of Rock, which becomes the most successful musical-themed comedy of the 2000s. A failed guitarist, just kicked out of his band, who pretends to be a music teacher (replacing his friend Ned Schneebly) and teaches a class of students from a prestigious college to play and love rock and leads them to compete in the competition Battle of the Bands. His initial aim was to win and earn the money needed to pay the rent, but once he discovers the musical talent of his boys, his mission becomes to create a true rock band, capable of conquering the public. The School of Rock band loses the competition against an unlikely glam-rock group, No Vacancy, but Dewey Finn’s rock lessons continue, until a hilarious and overwhelming studio rehearsal on the notes of It’s a Long Way to the Top ( If You Wanna Rock’n’Roll) as the credits roll.

The film, shot on a budget of 35 million dollars in the classrooms of a real college, the Wagner Colege of Staten Island, New York, earns four times as much at the box officeconsecrates Richard Linklater as one of the best independent directors and becomes a classic of American comedy while Jack Black is nominated ai Golden Globe for Best Comedian Actor (only defeated by Bill Murray in Lost in Translation). Much of the success of School of Rock it is due to soundtrackwhich brings together the best of rock of all time, from guitar riffs (taught by Jeff Black to the guitarist of the band of kids, Zack) of Highway to Hell of the AC / DC, Smoke On the Water of the Deep Purple And Iron Man of the Black Sabbath to Sunshine of Your Love of the Cream And Edge of Seventeen from Stevie Nicksfrom Substitute of the Who to Moonage Daydream from David Bowiefrom Tv Eye of the Stooges to Do You Remember Rock’n’Roll Radio? of the Ramones as far as Roadrunner of the Modern Lovers.

Each lesson of the false professor Dewey Finn is a tribute to the history of rock and each test of the seven very young members of the band School of Rock is the celebration of the eternal power of rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass, keyboards) to change the life of every teenager in search of his true passion and his place in the world. But there is a song that makes the difference, Immigrant Song of the Led Zeppelinused for one of the funniest scenes in which Jack Black drives the band’s van singing the first verse, letting himself be carried away by the power of the Hammer of the Gods, the sound created by Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones and from the treble of Robert Plant. THE Led Zeppelin have never allowed their songs to be used in a movie. Richard Linklater tried to convince them for his 2003 film Dazed and Confused but failed.

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He wanted a piece of Led Zeppelin at all costs»Said Jack Black in 2019,«So he asked me to pray to them for School of Rock“. While filming the band’s final performance, Jack Black picks up the microphone and from the stage leads an audience composed of extras in a choir for Led Zeppelin: “I sang something ridiculous and absurd, like “Led Zeppelin please give us your love!”, But in the end it worked.“. Richard Linklater manages to get Jack Black’s video (which appears in the DVD edition of School of Rock) directly to Led Zeppelin. It is said that John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page had so much fun to be decided for the first time all together of give Linklater permission to use Immigrant Song in the movie.

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