(US - 2013)
Directed by Dave Grohl. Written by Mark Monroe. Cast: Dave Grohl, Vinny Appice, Robert Levon Been, Frank Black, Lindsey Buckingham, Mike Campbell, Kevin Cronin, Mick Fleetwood, John Fogerty, Neil Giraldo, Chris Goss, Taylor Hawkins, Joshua Homme, Jim Keltner, Barry Manilow, Paul McCartney, Rupert Neve, Stevie Nicks, Krist Novoselic, Keith Olsen, Stephen Pearcy, Tom Petty, Nick Raskulinecz, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, Pat Smear, Rick Springfield, Corey Taylor, Benmont Tench, Lars Ulrich, Butch Vig, Lee Ving, Brad Wilk. (Unrated, 104 mins)
Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl's filmmaking debut functions equally as a BEHIND THE MUSIC documentary, all-star jam session, and a heartfelt love letter from a fan to all of the rock heroes of his childhood. Grohl's documentary is not just about the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys--it's about rock history, the passion of artists, the creative process, and finding a balance between using technology in a way that makes it an instrument as opposed to a crutch. Despite being one of the biggest rock stars in the world, Grohl is still a fan first, and that love and respect and pure sense of fun comes through in every minute of SOUND CITY.
|Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham checking out|
the Neve Console. Note the awesome
Velvet Grohl in the background
SOUND CITY runs the gamut of emotions throughout, and it's hard to imagine any rock music fan not finding this a rich, rewarding, and very moving film that celebrates an important time and place in music history. Already one of 2013's best films, SOUND CITY also takes its place among the best rock documentaries ever made.