Film and TV

Dave Grohl's Sound City Documentary Is Coming to FilmBar in Phoenix

Maybe you're a Foo Fighters fan and maybe you're not, but it's impossible to deny that frontman Dave Grohl knows how to milk the "famous rockstar" thing. He plays on records with his friends, teams up with his idols, and drums every now and then just to remind everyone that he's really, really good at it.

His latest passion project might be his biggest. This week he releases a documentary/love letter called Sound City, named for the legendary studio of the same name in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, where Grohl's old band Nirvana recorded Nevermind. The grunge trio is hardly the only act to record a major work there: Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Dr. John, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Weezer, Foreigner, and more all graced the studio's rooms.

See also:

-Dave Grohl On His Film Tribute to the Studio That Gave the World Nevermind -Foo Fighters' "Field Guide to Food": Greatest. Concert. Rider. Ever. -Live Review: Foo Fighters @ US Airways Center, 10/16/11

"...these old studios and these old rooms and these old desks have a life of their own," Grohl tells our friends at LA Weekly's West Coast Sound. "And unfortunately, a lot of them are closing because they're obsolete. People don't need this board to make an album anymore. They can buy a digital recording device and do it at home. It's a lot more accessible and available than something like this."

The film is available on Friday, February 1, via its official site (with an accompanying soundtrack featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Josh Homme, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, and more), but downtown movie house/watering hole FilmBar is screening it February 7-13. (Worth noting that on Saturday, February 16, local hip-hop/motivational act Treasure Mammal hosts a screening of another awesome music film, R. Kelly's epic Trapped in the Closet film).

Update: Sound City will also be screening at Harkins' Valley Art Theatre in Tempe.

More details are available at FilmBar's site and Sound City's official site.


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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.