Sound City

Synopsis: 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 Dave Grohl as he attempts to resurrect the studio back to former glories.
Director(s): Dave Grohl
Production: Variance Films
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


This is Beatle land, formerly

known as Britain, where an

epidemic called "Beatlemania"

has seized the teenage

population, especially female.

The big pot at the end of the

rainbow is signing an ex-Beatle.

We'd have had a zillion dollars,

you know?

Hi-fi and stereo equipment

created an industry with an

annual income today of

$2.5 billion.

Somebody at Sound City came

up with this idea - "We could

start a record company".

So that was my goal, to

produce some records and have a

hit record and make a lot of


That was the whole reason we

bought it.

Sound City - it was funky.

It was in the Valley, but we

only used the Valley to get to


The Valley was just this flat

expanse of too many houses


You know, so it was, like, kind

of not happening at all.

Neil Young pulled in fast in

a very old car, smoke billowing

out of every window.

Behind him was two L.A.P.D.

officers, guns drawn.

You know?

Okay, move over to the rear

of the car.

Place your hands on the trunk.

I attracted police a lot

because of the cars that I was


And I didn't have a license, you

know, because I was Canadian.

I wasn't even supposed to be


About five minutes later,

they just got in their cars and

drove off.

I made the record in my


Most of it, I did in my house.

And then we went to Sound City

with Briggs, my producer, and we

put down a piano song called

"Birds" there.

Then, we did the vocals, and

then they sounded so good that I

said, "Well, hell, let's just

sing everything".

So it's really a hybrid record.

I can love

I can really love

I can really love

My dad and Joe were partners

in crime. They were very close.

They were thick as thieves.

Tom was, like, the business

guy and stuff like that, but Joe

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