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Sound City

Documentary in which Dave Grohl uncovers stories about the Los Angeles studio Sound City, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were perfected and recorded.

Documentary produced and directed by rock superstar Dave Grohl (who also appears in the film) in which he uncovers stories about the Los Angeles studio Sound City, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were perfected and recorded.

Sound City was state of the art when it opened in 1969, featuring a legendary Neve recording console. Through interviews with the musicians and producers who have worked at the studio over the years, the film uncovers and defines the intangible magic within those wires and walls that was responsible for such an incredible history of contemporary music.

For over four decades, it was the birthplace of some of the world's most treasured music, including Nirvana's Nevermind, Neil Young's After the Gold Rush, Tom Petty's Damn the Torpedoes, Fleetwood Mac's eponymous album and Johnny Cash's Unchained, to name just a few.

Grohl discovers the stories of the iconic bands that recorded there. We learn how Mick Fleetwood met Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham at Sound City, leading to them joining Fleetwood Mac, and discover why musicians and producers such as Butch Vig, Frank Black, Trent Reznor and Lars Ulrich all chose to work in its analogue environment over newer, more state-of-the-art studios. Grohl also tracks the growth of digital music and the inevitable death of analogue recording, which changed the industry and Sound City forever.

The story of Sound City is an integral part of the personal story of Dave Grohl, whose music was forever influenced by those who once recorded in Studio A and left their mark in the form of the many platinum records hanging on the walls within. He completes the film by bringing some of the great names together at his Studio 606 to record a new album on the original Sound City Neve console, culminating in new performances from Rick Springfield, Stevie Nicks, Lee Ving, Josh Homme, Trent Reznor, Krist Novoselic and Sir Paul McCartney.

Featuring contributions from Neil Young, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, Mick Fleetwood, Lars Ulrich, John Fogerty, Jim Keltner, Rick Springfield, Josh Homme, Frank Black, Barry Manilow, Lindsey Buckingham, Lee Ving, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Fri 18 Jul 2014 23:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl & Josh Homme

    Trick with No Sleeve

  • Cheap Trick

    Auf Wiedersehen

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Refugee

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Don't Stop

  • Rick Springfield

    Jessie's Girl

  • Cheap Trick

    Surrender

  • Pat Benatar

    Hit Me with Your Best Shot

  • Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

  • Foreigner

    Hot Blooded

  • Ratt

    Round and Round

  • REO Speedwagon

    Time for Me to Fly

  • Bachman–Turner Overdrive

    You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

  • Dio

    Rainbow in the Dark

  • Rage Against the Machine

    Killing in the Name

  • Neil Young

    Southern Man

  • Matter Music

    Benny Did Swing

  • Keith Mansfield

    Teenage Carnival

  • Neil Young

    When You Dance I Can Really Love

  • Matter Music

    Ghost

  • Mitch Townsend

    Hale Bop

  • Pat Benatar

    Hit Me With Your Best Shot

  • Mitch Townsend

    Almost There

  • Buckingham Nicks

    Crying in the Night

  • Buckingham Nicks

    Frozen Love

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Rhiannon

  • Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

  • Mitch Townsend

    Cure for the Itch

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Say You Love Me

  • Grateful Dead

    Dancing in the Street

  • Foreigner

    Blue Morning, Blue Day

  • Cheap Trick

    Stiff Competition

  • REO Speedwagon

    Roll with the Changes

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Don't Do Me Like That

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Here Comes My Girl

  • Mitch Townsend

    Oil

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Refugee

  • Matter Music

    Anti Matter

  • REO Speedwagon

    Do You Know Where Your Woman Is Tonight?

  • Masters of Reality

    Gettin' High

  • Fear

    I Don't Care About You

  • Tom Petty

    You Don't Know How It Feels

  • Rick Springfield

    Love Is Alright Tonite

  • Rick Springfield

    Jessie's Girl

  • Ratt

    Wanted Man

  • Barry Manilow

    Some Kind of Friend

  • Dio

    Stand Up and Shout

  • Rick Springfield

    I Get Excited

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Don't Come Around Here No More

  • Whitesnake

    Here I Go Again

  • Mitch Townsend

    Last Night

  • Ministry

    Stigmata

  • Mitch Townsend

    I Bleed

  • Nirvana

    In Bloom

  • Nirvana

    Lithium

  • Nirvana

    Breed

  • Nirvana

    Something in the Way

  • Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

  • Mitch Townsend

    KS M29

  • Rage Against the Machine

    Killing in the Name

  • Frank Black and the Catholics

    All My Ghosts

  • Tom Petty

    You Wreck Me

  • Johnny Cash

    Rusty Cage

  • Tom Petty

    Cabin Down Below

  • Queens of the Stone Age

    The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

  • Mitch Townsend

    Roni Size

  • Andrés Segovia

    Leyenda

  • Nine Inch Nails

    With Teeth

  • Nine Inch Nails

    Every Day Is Exactly the Same

  • Neil Young

    Birds

  • Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl & Josh Homme

    Trick with No Sleeve

  • Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins & Rami Jaffee

    You Can't Fix This

  • Lee Ving, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear & Alain Johannes

    Your Wife Is Calling

  • Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Rami Jaffee & Jim Keltner

    If I Were Me

  • Dave Grohl, Josh Homme & Trent Reznor

    Mantra

  • Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear

    Cut Me Some Slack

  • Robert Turner, Dave Grohl & Peter Hayes

    Heaven and All

  • Paula Salvatore & Doug Deep

    Sound City

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Dave Grohl
Director Dave Grohl
Producer John Ramsay
Producer James A Rota
Executive Producer John Silva
Executive Producer John Cutliffe
Executive Producer Gaby Skolnek
Executive Producer Kristen Welsh

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