Dave Grohl pacts with Kobalt

Publisher signs worldwide deal with Foo Fighter, 'Sound City' helmer

Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the publishing of Foo Fighters lead singer, guitarist and founder Dave Grohl.

Under the agreement, Kobalt will immediately begin to provide creative and synch services for “Sound City – Real to Reel,” the companion album for the Grohl-directed doc that premiered at Sundance this week. Set is scheduled for a March release.

In 2014, Kobalt begin representation of Grohl’s publishing catalog, comprising his work with Nirvana (for which he drummed during their ’90s stardom), Foo Fighters (who have won 11 Grammy Awards over the course of their 19-year career) and Them Crooked Vultures (a collaborative project with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme).

Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz said, “As a rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and film director, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, Dave is a force and an immense and diverse talent with a catalogue of amazing songs. We look forward to a long relationship and the new ‘Sound City – Real to Reel’ album due next month.”

Release of the “Sound City” collection – drawn from Grohl’s pic about a legendary, now-defunct Van Nuys studio – is being prefaced by the release of a single, “Cut Me Some Slack,” featuring Paul McCartney and former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, who performed the tune at the “12-12-12” Hurricane Sandy benefit.

Feature was launched with an all-star set at Sundance featuring Grohl, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty and other marquee rockers.

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