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Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 18 January 2013 (USA)
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A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

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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. Written by Joe

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$62,842 (USA) (3 February 2013)

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$422,417 (USA) (20 December 2013)
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David Grohl: Why can't it always be this easy?
Paul McCartney: It is.
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Smells Like Teen Spirit
Written by Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic
Performed by Nirvana
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Mostly for insiders and musicians...I got bored with it after a while
21 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

My low score does mean that I think that this is a bad documentary-- it just did not appeal to me. I assume that this may well be the reaction of the average person as well, as the film seems designed to appeal to musicians. If you are like me, and have almost no musical ability and a tin ear, then the nostalgia and giant jam session (the last third of the film) just won't be that wonderful. I am sure, though, that a lot of musical types would love to look back nostalgically to the good 'ol days before digital music and the heyday of Sound City Studio. As for me, I am less concerned about this--I just want some nice music to listen to and learn a bit of history. A film definitely for a select audience. If you are a plebeian, like me, try watching the similar but much more watchable film, "Muscle Shoals". In this one, you see a lot of great musicians and hear them sing but without all the technical stuff that just left me feeling bored.


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