2013   USA Sound City
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Director:David Grohl
Studio:Therapy Content
Writer:Mark Monroe
IMDb Rating:7.6 (317 votes)
Genre:Documentary, Music
Duration:108 min
David Grohl  ...  (Director)
Mark Monroe  ...  (Writer)
Vinny Appice  ...  Himself
Joe Barresi  ...  Himself
Robert Levon Been  ...  Himself
Brian Bell  ...  Himself
Frank Black  ...  Himself
James Brown  ...  Himself
Lindsey Buckingham  ...  Himself
Mike Campbell  ...  Himself
Tim Commerford  ...  Himself
Kevin Cronin  ...  Himself
Rivers Cuomo  ...  Himself
Warren Demartini  ...  Himself
Mick Fleetwood  ...  Himself
John Fogerty  ...  Himself
Neil Giraldo  ...  Himself
Kenny Stoff  ...  Cinematographer
Paul Crowder  ...  Editor
Comments: A love poem by Dave Grohl to the Neve Console that put Sound City on the map. It's a little Emo to Analog but the heart and soul is there.

The diversity of men (and Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield who were most responsible for paying the bills--until Nirvana bailed them out) who recorded at Sound City is dazzling.

Butch Vig sat behind the Neve console probably more than anyone. If you think Trent Reznor is a "computer musician" watch this and think again.

Sound City was eventually killed by Pro Tools and the digital age so Grohl bought the Neve (one of four handmade in the world) and moved it to his personal studio. The sessions he did to celebrate it offer an extended coda to the Sound City homage.

Grohl "wrote the story" and directed the film. It's got blemishes but who wants to critique this as a 'film'? Check the cast list and imagine all those people being part of the same thing. Rock & Roll. It's beautiful.

Summary: Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret: Sound City. America's greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all came out to put magic to tape. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances from the iconic musicians who recorded some of rock’s greatest albums at the studio, Sound City doesn’t just tell the story of this real-life rock ’n’ roll shrine, it celebrates the human element of music as Grohl gathers some of rock's biggest artists to collaborate on a new album. Using Sound City's legendary analog console, together these artists continue to create musical miracles in a digital world.

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