Sound City (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dave Grohl|
|Produced by||Dave Grohl
James A. Rota
|Written by||Mark Monroe|
|Editing by||Paul Crowder|
|Running time||108 minutes|
After the closing credits there is a short, silent segment of a home movie showing a band getting set up. The picture freezes on one person and the following text appears: "In memory of Brian Hauge (1970 – 2012)." He was the key grip of the film.
In 1991 Nirvana recorded the album Nevermind at Sound City Studios. The band's drummer Dave Grohl was inspired to create the documentary after he purchased several items from the studio, including the Neve 8028 analog mixing console, when the studio closed in 2011.
Sound City Studios was located in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses. The little-known recording studio housed a unique analog Neve recording console and had a reputation for recording drums. Artists such as Nirvana, Kyuss, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty and Slipknot recorded groundbreaking music at the studio. The film tells the story of the studio from its early days in 1969 until its closing in 2011. It then follows Dave Grohl's purchase of the studio's custom analog Neve console, which he moved to his personal studio, Studio 606. Rupert Neve is an English engineer who founded Neve Electronics in 1961, designed and manufactured the Neve 8028, "one of four in the world", and is interviewed by Grohl in the film. Famous musicians who recorded at Sound City reunite at Studio 606 for a jam session and to make an album of "all-new all-original songs, each one composed and recorded exclusively for the film within its own 24-hour session on that console." It also shows album covers by some bands: Red Hot Chili Peppers's One Hot Minute, Nirvana's Incesticide and Nevermind, Rage Against The Machine's self-titled album and many others.
The film was first exhibited in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013, and released on video-on-demand and in theaters on February 1, 2013. It was screened on January 31 in five Australian cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth). The documentary was also screened in three cities in Canada (Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal) and 51 cities in the United States. The film was screened for a one-off showing on February 18, 2013 in 23 theaters across the United Kingdom.
- Vinny Appice
- Frank Black
- Lindsey Buckingham
- Johnny Cash (archival)
- Kurt Cobain (archival)
- Kevin Cronin
- Rivers Cuomo
- Warren DeMartini
- Mick Fleetwood
- John Fogerty
- Neil Giraldo
- Josh Homme
- Alain Johannes
- Jim Keltner
- Barry Manilow
- Paul McCartney
- Rupert Neve
- Stevie Nicks
- Rick Nielsen
- Krist Novoselic
- Stephen Pearcy
- Tom Petty
- Trent Reznor
- Ross Robinson
- Rick Rubin
- Jim Scott
- Pat Smear
- Rick Springfield
- Corey Taylor
- Benmont Tench
- Lars Ulrich
- Butch Vig
- Lee Ving
- Brad Wilk
- Neil Young
Sound City received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 100% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 41 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.7/10. The site's consensus states: "Smart, affectionate, and unabashedly sincere, Sound City pairs a great soundtrack with a well-argued ode to one of rock 'n' roll's most fondly remembered bygone eras." It was one of the highest rated limited release and documentary movies of the year on the website. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 76 based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Kenneth Turan from Los Angeles Times gave the film a positive review, saying "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." In a review for The Daily Telegraph, Sebastian Doggart awarded the documentary five out of five stars and proclaimed it as "an exhilarating exploration of the creative process." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone admits "In his directing debut, Dave Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart." Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic remarks "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.", while Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News praised that "Grohl's aim is to explore the aura of a place, but what he winds up proving is that people make the magic."
Nevertheless in his review for About.com, Tim Grierson wrote that it "is just a fun collection of unlikely musical pairings that zips by in little less than an hour", and Phil Gallo from Billboard stated "Grohl's inexperience as a filmmaker only shows when the film makes a sharp turn out of history and into the more recent past: There's a sense that instead of celebrating great rock 'n' roll moments, a product is about to be pitched at the viewer."
|Sound City: Real to Reel|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||March 12, 2013|
|Recorded||November 2–3, 2011 in Studio 606 West in Northridge, Los Angeles, California|
|The Austin Chronicle|||
|The A.V. Club||C+|
|Consequence of Sound|||
Sound City: Real to Reel is the official soundtrack of the documentary. It was officially released on March 12, 2013. The songs "Cut Me Some Slack", "From Can to Can't", "You Can't Fix This" and "Mantra" were made available on Sound City's official YouTube channel on December 14, 2012, January 15, 2013, February 15, 2013 and March 8, 2013, respectively. Grohl founded the supergroup Sound City Players with many of the musicians who appear in this movie, and with which he played live the soundtrack.
|1.||"Heaven and All"||Robert Levon Been, Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes||5:27|
|2.||"Time Slowing Down"||Chris Goss, Tim Commerford, Grohl, Brad Wilk||5:58|
|3.||"You Can't Fix This"||Stevie Nicks, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee||5:56|
|4.||"The Man That Never Was"||Rick Springfield, Grohl, Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear||3:24|
|5.||"Your Wife Is Calling"||Lee Ving, Grohl, Hawkins, Alain Johannes, Smear||3:20|
|6.||"From Can to Can't"||Corey Taylor, Grohl, Rick Nielsen, Scott Reeder||4:50|
|7.||"Centipede"||Josh Homme, Goss, Grohl, Johannes||5:10|
|8.||"A Trick With No Sleeve"||Johannes, Grohl, Homme||4:55|
|9.||"Cut Me Some Slack"||Paul McCartney, Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Smear||4:38|
|10.||"If I Were Me"||Grohl, Jessy Greene, Jaffee, Jim Keltner||4:10|
|11.||"Mantra"||Grohl, Homme, Trent Reznor||7:43|
- Robert Levon Been – composer, primary artist
- Tim Commerford – composer, primary artist
- Chris Goss – composer, primary artist
- Jessy Greene – composer, primary artist
- Dave Grohl – composer, primary artist
- Taylor Hawkins – composer, primary artist
- Peter Hayes – composer, primary artist
- Josh Homme – composer, primary artist
- Rami Jaffee – composer, primary artist
- Alain Johannes – composer, primary artist
- Jim Keltner – composer, primary artist
- Paul McCartney – composer, primary artist
- Nate Mendel – primary artist
- Stevie Nicks – composer, primary artist
- Rick Nielsen – composer, primary artist
- Krist Novoselic – composer, primary artist
- Scott Reeder – composer, primary artist
- Trent Reznor – composer, primary artist
- Pat Smear – composer, primary artist
- Rick Springfield – composer, primary artist
- Corey Taylor – composer, primary artist
- Lee Ving – composer, primary artist
- Brad Wilk – composer, primary artist
- Sami Ansari – photography
- Matt Bissonette – composer
- James Brown – engineer, mixing
- Joe LaPorta – mastering
- Emily Lazar – mastering
- Chris Lord-Alge – mixing
- John Lousteau – engineer
- Jim Scott – engineer
- Chris Shiflett – composer
- Derek Silverman – engineering support
- Butch Vig – producer
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- Official channel's channel on YouTube
- Official website on Facebook
- Official website on Twitter
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