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Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret: Sound City. America's greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all came out to put magic to tape. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances from the iconic musicians who recorded some of rock's greatest albums at the studio, Sound City doesn't just tell the story… More

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"In Sound City, a raucous yet sweetly romantic documentary, dinosaurs do indeed rock the Earth again."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A cocky, affectionate and very musical documentary that may make its central point a few times too often."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"[Grohl] has great fun sweeping through the historic parade of latter-day rock royalty whose hit records came out of the place."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"When getting into the nitty-gritty of tapes and tracks, Grohl makes a strong case for music docs directed by musicians."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out Chicago
"It cheapens itself by hitting some self-congratulatory notes, but until it does it covers some fascinating rock 'n' roll ground."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Dave Grohl's terrific new doc, Sound City, profiles the studio where some of the greatest music of the past four decades was born."
‑ Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly
"In his directing debut, Dave Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Sound City is a fun ride for diehard fans of most any brand of rock and roll."
‑ Josh Terry, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Dave Grohl shares a lot of stories in Sound City, and what's most impressive is that for a first-time filmmaker he tells these tales remarkably well."
‑ Mark Deming, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"For those about to rock, we salute you. A fond acknowledgement of a special time when a studio produced several albums that signaled key moments in music history."
‑ Cameron Williams, The Popcorn Junkie
"A joyous ode to a lost era of music making that will delight music buffs and those who appreciate a well-done documentary."
‑ Charles Cross, Seattle Times
"Even if you don't know what [Grohl's] talking about when he says a room gives "great decay," or when somebody else extols "24-track sensibility," the passion of this project really pops right out of the groove."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A sincere tribute to the tape-based dumpy Sound City."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's (a) part documentary homage to the defunct Los Angeles rock-and-roll studio where Grohl's earlier band, Nirvana, cut its breakout album, 'Nevermind'; and (b) part self-promotion for the DVD release of this very film and its companion CD soundtrack."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"An infectious appreciation for rock and roll lingers past the somewhat self-satisfied finale."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
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