Deep in the San Fernando Valley, behind the train tracks and amidst dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret. Sound City, America's greatest unsung recording studio, housed a legendary, one-of-a-kind recording console, and became the birth place to the seminal albums that defined 20th century music. Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Nirvana, amongst many others, all put magic to tape within these walls. It was rock n' roll hallowed ground. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances by the iconic musicians who made their careers in the studio, SOUND CITY tells the story of real rock n' roll history, and celebrates the human element of music, as Grohl gathers some of rock's greatest artists to collaborate on a new album. Using Sound City's legendary analog console, together they continue to create musical miracles in a digital world. The film was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded countless musical legends over the past 40 years. A brand new collection of all-new all-original songs, each song featured on the album was composed and recorded exclusively for the film within its own 24-hour session on that console after it was reinstalled in Grohl and his Foo Fighters' own 606 Studios. The new tracks--featuring an amazing and idiosyncratic cast of collaborators including Paul McCartney, Grohl's former Nirvana and current Foo Fighters bandmates, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Lee Ving of Fear, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine and more--passionately exemplify SOUND CITY's celebration of the human element of musicianship and recording in an increasingly digital world. The album's first single "Cut Me Some Slack"- is the original studio recording of the track recently performed live by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at the historic 12-12-12 benefit concert, as well as on the December 15th Saturday Night Live holiday episode. Artists include: Dave Grohl, Joe Barresi, Butch Vig, Kevin Cronin, Josh Homme, Lee Ving, Jim Scott, Nick Raskulinecz, Rick Rubin, Shivaun O'Brien, Paula Salvatore, Chris Goss, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Vinny Appice, Rick Neilson, Keith Olsen, Lars Ulrich, Trent Reznor, Brad Wilk, Mike Campbell, Mick Fleetwood, Corey Taylor, Tom Skeeter, Neil Young, Sandy Skeeter, Barry Manilow, John Fogerty, Rupert Neve, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Taylor Hawkins, Omar Hakim, James Brown, Jim Keltner, Benmont Tench, Tom Petty, Neil Giraldo, Stephen Pearcy, Ross Robinson, Pat Smear, Warren DeMartini, Krist Novoselic, Tim Commerford, Frank Black, and Robert Levon Been.
SOUND CITY, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.
Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City, the film showcases the amazing history of the studio, focuses on the albums recorded there that went on to change the world, then explores the human element of music in an age of technology, and features performances of new music created exclusively for the film.
Grohl's personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana's breakthrough album, "Nevermind". Selling over 30 million copies worldwide, "Nevermind" changed the entire musical landscape and forever altered the course of Dave Grohl's life.