The Untold Story of George Martin’s Legendary Montserrat Studio


The untold story of Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios Montserratthe hitmaking studio at the end of the worldis about to hit screens.

Directed by Australia’s own Gracie Otto and produced by Cody Greenwood, feature-length documentary Under the Volcano charts the rise and fall of AIR Studios, the recording studio tucked away in paradise that would come to be the centre of the pop universe in the 1980s. Built by Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin (aka, the ‘fifth Beatle’) in 1979, AIR Studios Montserrat was a custom-built, state-of-the-art recording facility built in the shadow of an active volcano—perhaps not the ideal locale, in hindsight.

Andy Summers, Sting, Stewart Copeland at AIR Studios Montserrat © Danny Quatrochi Photo Credit: Danny Quatrochi

The studio attracted everyone who was anyone in the 70s and 80s, and was the backdrop to some pretty monumental shifts in music, like the reunion of The Rolling Stones and the reinvigoration of Paul McCartney after the tragic murder of John Lennon. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the studio where people like Lou Reed, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, and Black Sabbath were dropping by to make hits… but Under the Volcano looks to be the new best thing, featuring interviews with the people that lived it firsthand, before a series of natural disasters destroyed the studio at its peak.

Watch the trailer for Under the Volcano above, and stay tuned for the film’s digital release on September 1, 2021. 

Guest & George ‘Tappy’ Morgan at AIR Studios Montserrat © Frank Oglethorpe Photo Credit: Frank Oglethorpe

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