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Montserrat’s music studio in film

Regional 17 Aug, 2021 Follow News

AIR Studios used to be a magnet for superstars

Montserrat is featured in a newly released documentary which focuses on the now derelict music studio of former Beatles producer George Martin.

Martin’s AIR Studios now sits in ruin in Montserrat through the devastation of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and a series of volcano eruptions in the Nineties. Martin built AIR Studios in 1979 so artists could create music in a tropical paradise, far away from the distractions of a major city.

Throughout the Eighties, the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Police, Elton John, Duran Duran, Dire Straits, and Black Sabbath travelled there to record era-defining albums.

The documentary ‘Under the Volcano’ traces the entire saga of AIR Studios, featuring incredible archival footage and new interviews with Sting, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Buffet and many others. The movie became available via on-demand and digital platforms on Tuesday.

“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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