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Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Oasis, Coldplay, & More to Appear in New Rockfield Studio Doc

Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Oasis, Coldplay, and more will appear in Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm, a new documentary about the legendary Welsh recording studio.

Hannah Berryman (Miss World 1970: Beauty Queens and Bedlam) directed the film. It will be released on May 14 via Abramorama while BBC Four and BBC Two Wales will air it in the U.K. on July 18. The documentary will feature decades of behind-the-scenes archival footage of artists, including Queen, Simple Minds, The Stone Roses, Manic Street Preachers, and more, creating tracks in the beloved studio.

The Rockfield farm belonged to the Ward Family, who purchased the Amberly Court Farm estate in the early 1950s. The family's sons, Kingsley and Charles, recorded their own music at the farm as they grew up and by 1963, they converted part of their farm house into a recording studio.

The studio is most famous for being the place where Queen first laid down "Bohemian Rhapsody." The Stone Roses stayed there for a year while working out their debut self-titled album. Other artists who have used the studio include Rush, Adam and the Ants, Bauhaus, Iggy Pop, The Pogues, and George Michael.

“In a way the film was about group dynamics, the intensity and ‘make or break’ nature of residential recording, something that with technology is on the wane,” Berryman said in a statement. "That intensity almost broke some bands, but it also produced tracks that have stood the test of time, and maybe you can hear everything that went on this isolated farm in that music, the pleasure and the pain.”

You can pre-order Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm on the film's website. Watch the trailer below.

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Article Image: Black Sabbath at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Robert Plant performing in Rio de Janeiro. (Ga Fullner via Shutterstock, A.Paes via DepositPhotos.)

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