The phrase “these Romans are crazy”, can easily be turned into “these Welsh are crazy”!
We are referring to the brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward, who set up the first independent and now one of the most famous recording studios in the world.
A farm in Monmouth, Wales in the 1960s, hosting a dairy farm, was converted into Rockfield Studios.
The farm for four decades produced the diamonds of Rock music, hosting the biggest names in the scene.
Through a film – documentary entitled “Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm“, we will have the opportunity to see the melodic journey of the Welsh brothers.
They became the most internationally renowned recording studios in a short period of time, as some of Rock’s most important songs were recorded there.
Among the songs recorded at Rockfield Studios was Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1975.
The diamonds of Rockfield
From the farm also passed: Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Simple Minds, Iggy Pop, Robert Plant and later, Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers, and Coldplay.
“Rockfield” is a great Rock N ‘Roll dream story inextricably linked to the survival struggle of a family business with the ever-changing musical landscape of the time.
It managed to compete with famous studios like “Abbey Road” and “Electric Lady“.
In this movie, the bands share their stories of how they came to Rockfield at that time and remind us of magical moments of musical ingenuity that led to some of the most famous songs of our time.
According to the film’s official website, “Fifty years ago, in the countryside of Wales, the brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward began working in the family dairy business.
But they wanted to do something different – they wanted to make music. So they built a studio in the attic of their farmhouse and started recording with their friends.
At their best, they had started the world’s first independent recording studio: Rockfield.”
“Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm”, is directed by Hannah Berryman, who had previously directed the BBC documentary, “The Brick in the Wall Kids”, about the children involved in Pink Floyd’s film, “The Wall” in 1979.
Starring in the film: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Robert Plant, Liam Gallagher, Guy Berryman, James Dean Bradfield, Dave Brock, Tim Burgess, Martin Carr, Will Champion, Jim Kerr, Chris Martin, and Nicky Wire.
The film’s premiere has been postponed for the time being due to the virus … Waiting, then, for a rock melodic diamond…