Foo Fighter to become doc director

Dave Grohl, main man for rock band Foo Fighters, is helming a documentary about fabled Van Nuys recording studio Sound City, with writing contributions from Mark Monroe (The Cove, The Tillman Story).
May 2, 2012

Dave Grohl, front man for massive rock band Foo Fighters, is moving into film, with an upcoming documentary project celebrating legendary Van Nuys recording studio Sound City already generating considerable buzz.

The trailer for Sound City emerged yesterday via various platforms and the project’s website, as well as more details concerning the project. Roswell Films, a division of the band’s record label, will distribute the film, and Mark Monroe, writer for such docs as The Cove and The Tillman Story, will pen the script. Paul Crowder, a musician-turned-doc editor and director (Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who), will edit. The film will be coproduced by Jim Rota, John Ramsay and Therapy Studios.

Sound City, which closed last year, was a studio of choice for scores of legendary musicians, including Grohl’s former band, Nirvana, which recorded its massive Nevermind album there. That album’s producer, Butch Vig, is also working on the documentary project.

The range of artists having recorded at the studio runs from Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac (whose seminal Rumours album was recorded there), to Johnny Cash and Metallica.

Grohl, in a statement, called the project “a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio,” referring to Sound City as “the birthplace of legend” and a “witness to history.”

No firm release date has been given for the project.

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