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Sound City

We don’t tend to write about documentaries too often on Friday Flicks, which is a shame when you consider the rich content on offer. But now, perhaps somewhat surprisingly considering the director is best known for playing music rather than telling stories, comes Sound City.

The first-time director is Dave Grohl, formally of Nirvana and founder of the Foo Fighters. Sound City is about the wealth of stories he’s unearthed from the legendary California recording studio of the same name. Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all put their sublime talents to work there and Grohl wants the world to know about it.

Just as exciting, when Sound City closed down in 2011, Grohl purchased the Neve mixing board which many feel was responsible for the sounds that emanated from the studio; an all-star album recorded on it is due next month. But before the music, the reviews: The Daily Telegraph hails Sound City as “an exhilarating exploration of the creative process.” And the Hollywood Reporter, also employing the ‘E’ word, calls the film “an exhilarating history of the studio that spawned countless rock classics,” and a “lovingly assembled insider account of what it feels like to make real handcrafted rock music.”

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NewsFeed’s Flicks Pick: Scheduled for simultaneous theatrical and VOD release, it sounds as if Sound City is a must-watch — or rather a must-listen.

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