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The final word about Sound City Documentary’s release has been given: the documentary will premiere in February at Sundance Festival. Taking place in Park City, Utah, the film festival yearly features the work of international independent filmmakers.
The long awaited and promoted documentary about one of the most famous recording studios of the world, the Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, CA, is a project conducted and directed by rock musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). Grohl decided to immortalize the recording studio that made the history of rock’n’roll, after it closed in May 2011. The Studios witnessed the recordings of several rock’n’roll milestones, including albums by Tom Petty, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, as well as Nirvana’s Nevermind.
In his latest press release about the documentary Grohl said, “As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America’s greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!”
The tribute will, indeed, feature a large amount of musicians and producers who recorded at the studios, telling stories and sharing their memories about what Sound City used to be and what it meant for them and for rock’n’roll. Among others, the documentary will feature Tom Petty, Butch Vig, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age), Mick Fleetwood, and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).
What Grohl has made clear since the beginning of this project is the willingness of portraying the spirit of pure and true rock’n’roll and its development. Dave Grohl is well known for having expressed more than once during the past year his concern about music losing its real soul and meaning, due to the over-digitalization taking place in the industry, which would homologate the sound and empty the feelings behind playing music. Some months ago, Grohl defined this vision behind the documentary, ending one of his press releases about the movie with the sentence, “Sound City is a film about the truth, the craft, and the integrity of Rock and Roll. Like the dark hallways of Sound City Studios itself, it might not be pretty…but it’s for fucking REAL.”
Foo Fighters’ frontman has also been hosting, for satellite radio provider SiriusXM, a series of radio shows dedicated to the studios’ history. The series started on November 29, and will air on different channels until the end of January. See the full schedule here.
Another important piece of this project will be the fans’ long-dreamed soundtrack. Some months ago it was announced that Grohl was working on it with former band mate Krist Novoselic and Nevermind’s infamous producer Butch Vig.