Dave Grohl Will Direct and Produce Documentary ‘Sound City’


Back in February we reported that Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl would be producing an FX sitcom about a troubled band trying to keep it together while on the verge of becoming famous. While we wait to hear an update on the TV comedy project, Ain’t It Cool delivered more news about Grohl’s offstage career.

It looks like he’ll be directing and producing a feature-length documentary called Sound City — which we heard chatter about not that long ago — centering on the legendary Van Nuys, California recording studio. He conceived of the project after buying a Neve 8028 recording console — built in 1972 — from Sound City last year. For those unfamiliar with the famous device, a press release describes it as the “crown jewel of analog recording equipment,” having been used by many musical legends over the past 40 years. Grohl’s connection to Sound City really began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana’s Nevermind, however. The film will take a look at the studio’s history via interviews with the artists that spent time there, and hopes to “discuss the human element of music in an age of technology, and feature performances from many of the artists that called it ‘home.'”

Grohl wrote a letter to fans sharing more about his personal connection to the doc, calling Sound City “America’s greatest unsung recording studio … home to a special few, intent on preserving an idea.” Read the rest of the letter, and watch a trailer teaser past the break. Grohl hopes to release the film early next year.