From Nirvana sticksman to Foo Fighters frontman, and with a musical legacy spanning collaborations with Killing Joke, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl has already achieved a career of legendary status in music. Sound City sees him turn his assured hand to directing, documenting the life of LA’s legendary Sound City recording studio.
Opened by joint owners Joe Gottfried and Tom Skeeter in 1969, Sound City housed over four decades of recorded music, journeying a roller coaster ride of financial peaks and troughs along the way. The documentary is split into three parts opening with the history of the studio, progressing to the impact of technology and finishing with an emphasis on the principals of musical performance and songwriting.
Skeeter admits that to achieve their goal of attracting the best artists throughout the inaugural years of Sound City Studios, they knew that only the best recording equipment would entice them. The acquisition of a custom Neve Mixing Console was exactly the piece of kit to assume the role of their star magnet. The console – considered by many as the Rolls Royce of mixing desks – was priced at over $70k, double what Skeeter had paid for a house at the time.