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Sound City

Documentary . Music

The history of Sound City and their huge recording device; exploring how digital change has allowed 'people that have no place' in music to become stars. It follows former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter David Grohl as he attempts to resurrect the studio back to former glories.

Actors: Trent Reznor , Tom Petty , Mick Fleetwood , Dave Grohl , John Fogerty , Rivers Cuomo , Taylor Hawkins , Barry Manilow , Stevie Nicks , Krist Novoselic , Vinny Appice , Joe Barresi , Brian Bell , Frank Black
Directors: Dave Grohl
Country: USA
Release: 2013-01-18
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  • Katie Walsh

    A vibrant and vital tribute to a piece of recording and rock history that could have been lost to the ether, and Grohl packages the story of this little studio with a detailed celebration of the craft and skill necessary to this kind of recording, all with a killer soundtrack (which should go without saying).

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The film’s genius is the way it applies the lessons of Sound City to any job. “The human element,” says Grohl, “that’s what makes the magic.” In his directing debut, Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    High-spirited, emotional and funny, Sound City is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Sound City is a music geek's dream, a rollicking look at a dumpy California studio where a lot of musicians found magic. It's also a bit of a mess, like all good rock and roll ought to be.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    [Grohl] shows a decent grasp of how to pace a documentary and how to push nostalgia buttons, avoiding the marsh of smarminess most - though not quite all - of the time.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    For a movie that's essentially about a piece of hardware-the legendary Neve mixing console, an imposing slab of knobs and meters - this geeked-out documentary beats with more heart than could be imagined.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Dave Grohl has more than clout in his corner in his terrifically entertaining documentary Sound City. He brings elements that can't be faked -- passion and heart -- to this lovingly assembled insider account of what it feels like to make real handcrafted rock music.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s still a passion project, in all the best ways, a jaunty, juicy ramble through music history from Johnny Cash to Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Sound City is Grohl's first effort at filmmaking, and if it doesn't break any ground as a documentary, it's a heartfelt testament to a place he considers among the most hallowed halls of rock.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Howard Cohen

    Grohl's appreciation for the inhabitants of this dingy demimonde, from the artists to the secretaries at the front desk, makes Sound City an infectious and sincere Valentine to a rapidly disappearing art form.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    Grohl's jovial presence is the hook; playing interviewer and emcee as well as director, he's the catchy bit you welcome every time it returns. The star-studded interview list provides much of the personality and attitude, as does a fantastically tense behind-the-scenes video of Petty and his band laboring long hours to craft their breakthrough record.

    NPR Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Dave Grohl's Sound City is an exciting, sometime illuminating documentary about how a squad of technicians and engineers in a hole-in-the-Valley music studio helped great rock 'n' rollers make great rock 'n' roll.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • William Goss

    We’re given fairly straightforward talking-head accounts complemented with an increasing amount of archival material as the narrative progresses further towards the present, all coated in a VH1-suited slickness that belies the reported funk of the studio itself. Fortunately, that slickness is in service of tales from some substantial musicians. Full Review
  • Ted Scheinman

    Given Dave Grohl's reputation for versatility and good taste, the film's sturdy sense of forward motion may come as no surprise.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Grohl has a longstanding reputation as one of the nicest guys in rock. So it should come as no surprise that this may be the most positive music documentary you'll ever see.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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  • 74. Time Slowing Down Performer: Chris Goss, Tim Commerford, David Grohl as Dave Grohl & Brad Wilk Stream Music Online
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