Sound City

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Directed by Director: David Grohl • Written by Mark Monroe • 106 min. • USA • 2013 • Not Rated

What do Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Slayer, Johnny Cash, Guns N’ Roses, Fear, Charles Manson, Barry Manilow, Trent Reznor, Carl Perkins, Foreigner, Queens of the Stone Age, the Grateful Dead, Metallica, and Frank Black and the Catholics all have in common? They all laid down tracks at Sound City, a funky, nondescript-looking, but altogether fabled recording studio in the San Fernando Valley. The new documentary Sound City memorializes that former box factory and the performers who graced it. In those analog days, Sound City was renowned for the quality of its live, single-take recordings, made with as few overdubs and backing tracks as possible. However, at the height of Sound City’s glory days, the digital revolution was taking place. The audio recording and editing program Pro Tools eventually killed Sound City in the early 2000s. More music was being recorded on laptops than in pizza-box-and-beer-can-encrusted dens with gold records on the walls. Director Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters frontman, will always be remembered as the drummer for Nirvana, and now he’s produced a documentary about one of the music landscape’s most iconic fountains of creativity, one of the best-received films out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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“Director David Grohl’s first turn behind the camera as a director is essentially an extension of that same feeling, a celebration of just how unbelievably awesome it is to make rock music for a living—not to mention being so successful at it that you can get your childhood heroes to come over and jam.” —Ian Buckwalter, NPR (full review)

“One of the best docs ever made about rock music, told from a viscerally insider view. The monumental highs—Fleetwood Mac’s initial, dazzling success and Nirvana’s Nevermind—as well as the lows—those years in between when the industry changed with the introduction of CDs and technological innovations averse to Sound City’s down-to-earth ethos—are charted with memorable honesty and humor.” —David Noh, Film Journal International (full review)

“In his directing debut, Dave Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (full review)

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