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Sound City (2013)

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


Dave Grohl (as David Grohl)


Mark Monroe
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Credited cast:
Vinny Appice Vinny Appice ... Self
Joe Barresi Joe Barresi ... Self
Brian Bell ... Self
Frank Black ... Self
James Brown James Brown ... Self
Lindsey Buckingham ... Self
Mike Campbell ... Self
Tim Commerford ... Self
Kevin Cronin ... Self
Rivers Cuomo ... Self
Warren Demartini ... Self
Mick Fleetwood ... Self
John Fogerty ... Self
Neil Giraldo Neil Giraldo ... Self
Christopher Allen Goss ... Self


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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Did You Know?


David Grohl: Why can't it always be this easy?
Paul McCartney: It is.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.18 (2013) See more »


Cut Me Some Slack
Written by Paul McCartney/Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic/Pat Smear
Performed by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
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Historically Important
3 February 2013 | by timbermiscSee all my reviews

Everyone gave applause at the end of this documentary. It actually has relevance to anyone who enjoys popular music. However, musicians who see this movie will find a special message imparted to them.

During the 1970s, there was Disco. At this time, music became more repetitive, even boring to some listeners. The soul was being manufactured. Then another assault on soul or the "human element" began with the computer processing of tunes. What then makes that special element that says to the ears; "This music is created by humans with a heart!" This movie attempts to answer such a question. And it answers it through the many examples of artists who called this special recording studio "home". You will be surprised by the top names and albums that were recorded in this studio.

I saw this movie in San Francisco at a small theater; but the audience was packed. I felt that I had a more realistic grasp of the music industry and its unvarnished history as a result of seeing this film. I left with a good feeling; and, I would recommend this movie to others. There is no outrageous behavior that would offend very sensitive or religious people.

The quality of this movie sometimes approaches a "home movie" given that they are using real historical footage and personal pictures from the past; but it never seems scattered. It's always entertaining. There is a message to be told; and a history to be seen. It has been edited well. It was enjoyable to hear real confessions of top people in the industry on film. Another film of this same type or category, a combination "home movie with pro editing," would be "MAGIC TRIP" with Ken Kesey. IN THIS PARTICULAR CATEGORY of "historical home movie documentary" I gave it a "10". This movie has the stars, the unique history, and a beating heart.

I got my monies worth.

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Release Date:

18 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$62,842, 3 February 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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