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Sound City

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Dave Grohl

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About the Movie

Deep in the San Fernando Valley, behind the train tracks and amidst dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret. Sound City, America's greatest unsung recording studio, housed a legendary, one-of-a-kind recording console, and became the birth place to the seminal albums that defined 20th century music. Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Nirvana, amongst many others, all put magic to tape within these walls. It was Rock n’ Roll hallowed ground. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances by the iconic musicians who made their careers in the studio, SOUND CITY tells the story of real rock n'roll history, and celebrates the human element of music, as Grohl gathers some of rock's greatest artists to collaborate on a new album. Using Sound City's legendary analog console, together they continue to create musical miracles in a digital world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Grohl has put a lot of affection into this film, and it shows. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jan 30, 2013

Fresh: 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, Dec 16, 2013

Fresh: 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, Feb 2, 2013

Fresh: High-spirited, emotional and funny, "Sound City" is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 31, 2013

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Customer Reviews


Absolutely inspiring collection of stories, history and music from an eclectic group of what may be the best of the best in the industry. Watch it once, then again and again. Sound City might just be some of the best sessions of music ever recorded with a rare look into what happens when brilliant minds come together and just let it happen.

It shows if people have a true passion for what they are doing

As a kid I was amazed by the look of soundboards in record studios that I had seen on tv. Thinking that the people who knew how to operate them had to be geniuses. I´m not an musician but I was anyway facinated by this movie, the people in it, the soundboard and the people who made the movie.

It shows if people have a true passion for what they are doing

Back to the heart of music

There is no substitute for the complexity of the human brain or the power of human minds in tandem playing music as one. Anyone who's played live with a band knows this. I'm a 40-something girl who still thinks my dad's giant speakers are the best thing I've ever heard, but it's probably because back then I was listening to music from beating hearts and immortal souls. Thank you Dave Grohl for telling a story that should be read for generations. You can bet I pre-ordered that album!