George Martin is one of the great music producers of all time. The man behind most of The Beatles hits had a long and varied career – even composing the score for James Bond adventure Live & Let Die.
One of Martin’s many achievements was the construction of AIR Studios Montserrat in 1979. The studios were a hotbed for hits throughout the 70s and 80s – with everyone from The Police and The Rolling Stones to Paul McCartney and Dire Straits recording there.
Directed by Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario) and produced by Cody Greenwood, Under The Volcano tells the story from this great time of musical creation. The documentary hits On Demand and Digital in the US on 17 August 2021.
Built by Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin in 1979, AIR Studios Montserrat was a custom-built, state-of-the-art recording facility tucked away on a Caribbean paradise. In the shadow of an active volcano, the studio not only attracted the biggest musical talent on the planet but was the birthplace of mega-hits such as Money for Nothing and Every Breath You Take.
For a decade, AIR Montserrat formed the backdrop to monumental events in music history including the break-up of The Police, the reunion of The Rolling Stones, and the reinvigoration of Paul McCartney after the tragic murder of John Lennon. After a decade of hits, and at the peak of its popularity, the studio was destroyed when the island was hit by a series of devastating natural disasters.
Through personal accounts and backed by a blistering soundtrack, UNDER THE VOLCANO is the definitive account of Sir George Martin’s studio at the end of the world, a place that generated a perfect storm of talent, technology and isolation, ushering in music that would live on long after the last tape rolled.