Movie Review: Sound City

Sound City is a music documentary movie produced and directed by Dave Grohl (Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Drummer : Nirvana, Foo Fighters) about the history of recording studio Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. The movie is inspired by the events and the albums recorded in the studio.

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Movie title: Sound City
Directed by: Dave Grohl
Running Time: 107 minutes.

Plot of Sound City:

The movie begins with Dave Grohl entering the studio playing an acoustic guitar which later fades into the documentary. The movie is basically a series of interview of the musicians, record producers, bands and such who has had a history with Sound City Studios. It consists of appearances of people such as:

1) Vinny Appice
2) Frank Black
3) Lindsey Buckingham
4) Johnny Cash(archival)
5) Kurt Cobain(archival)
6) Mick Fleetwood
7) Barry Manilow
8) Stevie Nicks
9) Tom Petty
10) Rick Rubin
11) Corey Taylor
12) Butch Vig

The major theme of the movie consist of the difficulty the studio went through, and how recording Nirvana’s Nevermind record in the studio became a commercial success, both for the band and the studio, which came to solve the financial issue that the studio was facing, extending the studio’s running era.
The film tells the story of the studio from its early days in 1969 until its closing in 2011. It then follows the events where Dave Grohl buys the Neve Console from the studio and brings it to use. He brings in artists to compose new music using the console. The film ends with a jam among Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, Pat Smeer and Paul McCartney which results to a beautiful composition titled “Cut Me Some Slack”.

Review of the movie Sound City:

The movie revolves around studio time by various artists focusing largely on Nirvana and Dave Grohl’s history with the studio. The film shows the dedication of musicians to help save the sound city studios and how important the Neve Console was and still is in the field of music. When Sound City was closed, Dave Grohl buys the console, and installs it into his studio. In the recent days, many new fresh artist come to Dave’s studio to make records. Dave’s hatred, just like many of the musicians, towards auto-tune and computer tools in music that makes music “perfect”, his theory of how music should be recorded (i.e. with human effort and not with computer tools), and how music sounds better with some human imperfections and finally his contribution to music are the things that makes the movie pretty interesting to watch. Movie is best-suited for musicians in general. However, it is entertaining and knowledgeable enough for the general audience as well.

My Rating : 3 out of 5.

My Recommendations:

If you’re a fan of American music, and follow along most of the records by classic rock and pop-rock bands, this is a must watch. Else it might turn boring to audience with lack of musical taste.

Hope, Movie review: Sound city helped you to choose the good movie to watch.