This February, David Grohl will drop this directorial debut in the form of a documentary called “Sound City,” about the iconic recording studio in Van Nuys, Calif. Roswell Films, a division of the Roswell Records label that releases Foo Fighters music, will distribute the film. Mark Monroe (who wrote “The Cove,” “The Tillman Story”) is writing, and Paul Crowder will edit (who edited Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants as well as directed the Who documentary film, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who).
“Sound City is a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio,” said Grohl. “Deep in California’s sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, tucked away behind the train tracks and dilapidated warehouses, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history. It was home to a special few, intent on preserving an ideal.”
Grohl conceived the film after purchasing the Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The console, built in 1972 has been used for recording Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N’ Roses, Fear, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica.
“Sound City” will include interviews with the artists and producers, focus on the albums recorded there, discuss the human element of music in an age of technology and feature performances from many of the artists.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Butch Vig said of the film, “Grohl’s probably interviewed 150 or 200 people so far, and now we’ve been working on musical collaborations to be a part of the soundtrack for the film.”
He added, “It’s all new things. Rick Springfield came in and played with Dave and Josh (Homme) and Queens of the Stone Age. And we’ve got Corey (Taylor) from Slipknot and Stone Sour and really interesting collaborations. I’m not sure how it’s all going to come together yet, but so far the process has been really, really fun.”
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