Back in January Gravitas Ventures picked up worldwide VOD rights to Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Grohl’s documentary and Sundance debut “Sound City.” The artist wanted to make his work available to the people as soon as possible. His management team made a deal with Gravitas before they ever went to the festival, so that fans could get it on iTunes as early as January 21. “Sound City” had its worldwide VOD bow via cable, satellite and online on February 1. The film had a simultaneous North American theatrical release from Variance Films.
The film features interviews with an array of big names in the music industry, including Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks, Lars Ulrich and Mick Fleetwood, as welll as new and historic performances by artists who made their careers in the eponymous recording studio.
“It’s a big splashy doc, it’s entertaining as hell,” says the film’s writer, Mark Monroe, who is interviewed here.
Sundance’s program notes are below:
Multitalented musician Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana fronts a mission to resurrect the rapidly vanishing human touch behind the creation of music. When Sound City, a fabled recording studio, opened in 1969, it boasted a one-of-a kind recording console. Tucked away behind train tracks and dilapidated warehouses in the sunburnt San Fernando Valley, Sound City became rock ’n’ roll hallowed ground where music’s megastars captured their magic on analog tape for three decades.
The advent of the digital age ultimately sounded the death knell of Sound City. Grohl cobbles together a troupe of iconic musicians and singers who once called the studio home. Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield, and Paul McCartney are just some of the legends who jam with Grohl and create a brand-new album on that revered soundboard. Fasten your seat belts. Sound City, Grohl’s outstanding filmmaking debut, rocks the silver screen, not only unearthing music history but making it as well.