Dave Grohl To Release New Documentary
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) is preparing to release a documentary film called Sound City. It’s about a recording studio, but more specifically it’s about a mixing console that used to reside there. That’s right, but it’s not just any old console. This particular one was used to record some of the most significant albums in modern music. Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Guns and Roses, Nirvana, Metallica and many more swear that this is the holy grail of modern music. And they very well might be right.
It’s a Neve 8028 analog mixing console. It was built and installed in Sound City’s Studio A in 1972. Incorporated in 1969, Sound City recording studios were housed in a Van Nuys, California, facility that had previously been a showroom and recording studio of the British amplifier and guitar company, Vox. Since 1969, Sound City has contributed its signature analog sound to the recording or mixing of more than 100 certified gold and platinum albums.
Privately held since 1970, the studio closed as a commercial studio in May 2011 and is now reserved for the exclusive use of its tenants. Dave Grohl purchased the custom Neve 8028 in order to install the board at his private recording studio.
The late 1960s and early 1970s were a magical time for recording in Los Angeles. And Sound City was the musical hub. Even cult leader Charles Manson made some recordings in Studio B, just a few months before the Manson family crime spree in the summer of 1969.
Grohl’s own film company, Roswell Film, will release Sound City. No dates have been set yet for that release, so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, here is a trailer for the film: