George Martin’s AIR Studios currently sits in ruin on the Caribbean island of Montserrat thanks to the devastation of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and a series of volcano eruptions in the Nineties. But throughout the Eighties, everyone from the Rolling Stones and the Police to Elton John, Duran Duran, Dire Straits, and Black Sabbath traveled there to record era-defining albums.
The upcoming documentary Under the Volcano traces the entire saga of AIR Studios, featuring incredible archival footage and new interviews with Sting, Mark Knopfler, Tony Iommi, Verdine White, Giles Martin, Jimmy Buffet, and many others. The movie will be available via on-demand and digital platforms on August 17th.
“We went there for the isolation,” Stewart Copeland says in the trailer, looking back at his tumultuous time there with the Police as they made their final album. “Here we were in this paradise, which we soon turned into a living hell.”
“We weren’t physically aggressive with each other,” adds Sting, “but it got pretty heated.”
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