Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sound City - Dave Grohls Directorial Debut

      I am a huge fan of documentaries and Sound City was one of the best ones I’ve seen in some time.  The film focuses on the Sound City recording studio in California.  Directed by Dave Grohl, front man for the Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana; the film feels like a personal journey through the history of the studio, told by those who experienced it firsthand including Grohl himself.  Many notable musicians and bands tell stories of the times they spent recording at Sound City including Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Paul McCartney just to name a few.  The film also centers on several famous albums that were recorded there in their entirety including Nirvana’s breakthrough album Nevermind.  The studio closed down in 2011 after 42 years of making phenomenal music and Grohls film acts as an homage to both the studio and the many musicians who called it home, albeit for brief stints of time.  Before the studio closed its doors for good, Grohl himself purchased the unique soundboard and had it installed in his own recording studio.  The film ends on a positive note with Grohl inviting over several of the musicians in the film to record brand new material using the custom sound board they all fell in love with years before.  

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