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Sound City, the documentary directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl about a legendary Los Angeles studio where many of rock's greatest albums were recorded, has been certified gold for sales of more than 50,000 copies of the film on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie has actually sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S., with fully half of those in digital form.


Grohl conceived of the project after buying the historic Neve 8028 analog recording console from the now-defunct Sound City studio in Van Nuys, California. The board was built in 1972 and was used to record albums by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and countless others over the past 40 years.

  • Grohl was the drummer in Nirvana when the band recorded its groundbreaking 1991 album Nevermind at Sound City.
  • Although the studio went out of business as digital recording technology took over music, Grohl told us that it's a "misconception" that the movie was about analog vs. digital recording: "The movie is really about the human element of music. Now, the human element of music can survive in a world that's analog or a world that's digital. What we tried to explain in the movie is that the most important thing is the person that's behind the computer or the person that's behind the old analog board. The most important thing is that there's a human element to what you're doing."
  • The film, which Grohl produced as well as directed, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January before premiering on DVD, VOD and in select theaters the following month.
  • Grohl and an ensemble of musicians who are interviewed in the film, dubbed the Sound City Players, played shows in Park City, Utah during Sundance, New York City, Los Angeles and London.


  • Did you see Sound City and if you did, what did you think of it?
  • Do you agree with Grohl's argument that music needs to sound "human," whether it's recorded on a computer or in a studio?
  • Do you think music has lost something since digital recording took over?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

Walrus wrote: "Great film. You can tell that Dave has maintained his passion for music despite his millions and fame. He's still a down to earth, honest hard working fan of music. Much respect."

TheEagle wrote: "Dave Grohl is probably the only big celebrity you'd like to hang out with."

Maiden Rulz wrote: "This is a great film. If you are a music fan, this is a Must See."

sharkbyte wrote: "Great movie, lots of insight into the history of recording some of the most classic albums and the soundtrack is a great collection of new music from many of the artists featured in the film. Dave Grohl has never let his success change who he is, just another music fan at heart, and this movie proves it. Excellent."

Dave Grohl On What 'Sound City' Is Really About

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