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Dave Grohl to helm, produce ‘Sound City’

Roswell Films to distribute feature documentary

Musician Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana will direct and produce feature documentary “Sound City,” about the iconic recording studio in Van Nuys, Calif.

Roswell Films, a division of the Roswell Records label that releases Foo Fighters music, will distribute the film. Mark Monroe (“The Cove,” “The Tillman Story”) is writing, and Paul Crowder will edit. The docu is being produced in conjunction with Jim Rota, John Ramsay and Therapy Studios.

Grohl’s personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” Grohl is the drummer on the album, which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

“‘Sound City’ is a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio,” Grohl said. “Deep in California’s sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history.”

Grohl conceived the film after purchasing the Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. That console, built in 1972, is regarded as a “crown jewel” of analog recording equipment and has been used for recording Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N’ Roses, Fear, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica.

“Sound City” will include interviews with the artists and producers, focus on the albums recorded there, discuss the human element of music in an age of technology and feature performances from many of the artists.

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