The Story of a Place of Legends: Sound City (2013)

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Documentary
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Director: David Grohl

Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, David Grohl, Rick Rubin

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To make music nowadays, all one needs is a laptop and some Pro Tools-like software. Back in the all or nothing-days, you needed a fully equipped music studio, and more importantly, gifted and talented people and musicians. Making music was a complicated work, which not only involved lots of equipment, more than anything it was a process of creation between people, coming together in one place, trying to find that moment of magic and taking it from there.

This is a documentary about one of those places, probably one of the most legendary of them all: Sound City. No one less than uber-Foo Fighter Dave Grohl took it upon himself to bring us the story of this place where more than 100 certified gold and platinum records were recorded. Sound City started in 1969 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. Its first marking points were the recordings of Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac’s debut albums in the early and mid-seventies. They were soon followed by a flock of seventies rock legends. Sound City wasn’t a shiny, fancy music palace. If anything, it was a dump, with hideous brown carpet on the walls, but also with a very particular recording sound and managed by people who loved what they were doing. During the eighties Sound City had trouble keeping up with the first wave of digitalized music. The overproduced hair-band rock sound was miles away from what Sound City was about. It wasn’t until the recording of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ that the place re-boomed.

Thank you Dave, for letting us mortals have a peak at one of rock music’s most sacred places.

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