(Read about rock musician Dave Grohl and his classic Sound City Studio in Van Nuys that is being featured in the documentary Sound City. This story also mentions Stevie Nicks when she lived in Studio City.)
Rock musician Dave Grohl set out to make a recording studio the subject of his first-ever film. He was intrigued not only by the studio but by a specific piece of recording equipment – a 1970s era sound board – that captured every note of music made there.
Geek city, right? It sounds like an idea any sane moviegoer would run from.
Instead, "Sound City" offers a colorful piece of music history, a candid examination of changes wrought by technology and a defiant statement about not surrendering the human element in creativity. Grohl's rookie film made it to the Sundance movie festival, is being released theatrically Friday and is accompanied by an album featuring artists he interviewed.
"It honestly was more like a keg party with a camera than making a Hollywood film," he said.
Grohl knew nothing about the Sound City studio in Van Nuys, Calif., when he and fellow Nirvana members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic booked a session to make "Nevermind" in 1991. Their California record company wanted Nirvana nearby to keep an eye on them and time at Sound City was cheap.