Dave Grohl: 'This Movie is for People in a Band Who've Never Walked Into Recording Studio'

Foo Fighters frontman reveals his documentary is "selfless."

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Dave Grohl has revealed that his latest project and hit documentary, "Sound City: Real to Reel," was a selfless creation and was never about proving he was "the greatest f--king director in the world."

The Foo Fighters star recently put together a feature film about the famous Sound City recording studios in Los Angeles which played host to the likes of Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against The Machine.

Grohl said: "I've selfishly been making music for myself, and my band, for 20 years. The Sound City movie's not like that. The Sound City movie is for other people. I'm not doing it so that other people will think I'm the greatest director in the world I don't know what I'm doing. This movie is for you. This is for your kids. This is for people in a band who've never f--king walked into recording studio."

Grohl's love affair with the studio began in 1991 when recording Nirvana's breakthrough album "Nevermind" which sold 30 million copies worldwide.

"Sound City: Real to Reel" tells the story of the studio from its early days and includes interviews from some of the biggest stars that recorded at the LA venue including Sir Paul McCartney, Josh Homme and Trent Reznor.

After a successful directing debut, Grohl hinted that he could have other feature ideas in the pipeline by saying,

"I wouldn't necessarily say I have the bug, but I do like to tell a good story. We'll leave it at that."

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    Sound City was ****ing fantastic. The album was also really good, a few real gems in that. But watching the whole process of how they used to record, the introduction of digital production and effects it had, and more importantly how can a band with people who love the shit out of what they do enter a studio, record live and make awesome stuff. He should do more stuff.
    Good film.
    Good doesn't even begin to cover it.
    "Cast away thy eyes human! I there be a notable lack of musical knowledge, thy be not worthy to cast your gaze upon the motion picture made from divine hands!" So good that anyone who bought it would get this warning from a deep rumbling thunder in the sky?
    I'd encourage everyone who has ever picked up a guitar in their life to watch it; even if your not a fan of the Foos or Nirvana or anything else to come out of the 90s you will very likely still enjoy it. Got to be easily one of the most simultaneously entertaining and informing documentary I've ever seen. Dave is the man!
    "This is for people in a band who've never f--king walked into recording studio." Hell, I'm an audio engineer and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Anything this guy does is golden. I wouldn't be shocked if he won an Oscar for it (even though awards are shite).
    Watching it was a glimpse into the old days spoken through the voice of those that experienced the challenges of recording before protools. There's a certain warmth you get from having to do things tightly with a bunch of other people that you lose when you can make an album separated by oceans and edit in 200 guitar tracks. We all miss that warmth so it was nice to see and hear it again.
    i loved the film, but it kind of half shames anyone who doesn't have the money or access to a real studio and implies that anyone who records onto their laptop or other computer is lazy and using technology as a crutch, but for a lot of aspiring musicians, it's the only real option, especially with the way the economy is. still a great, entertaining, and informative doc though
    Thats one of the reasons why i didn't really like it that much. Music is about alot more than simply how its recorded, its about the emotions that you're expressing. You could make a song with nothing but a spoon and if you put enough emotion into it it would still sound great. I did find some of the parts about fleetwood mac and nirvana quite good but it didn't really touch on alot of the great albums recorded there.
    I hope that he does another documentary. Sound City was amazing and I'd love to see something else from Dave
    I thought the movie was fantastic. Shame that I had to buy it on iTunes since they cancelled the theater showings of it in Austin for an unexplained reason...
    am i the only one that found it really boring?
    I doubt it, but you're probably part of a minority there.
    Most of the movie was spent just complaining about how everything is digital's fault. Its made me lose all respect for dave grohl. It didn't even really get into the recording of the actual albums at all. I mean i love Dave Grohl's music but this film was just awful.