Sound City: Film Review

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Not everyone likes documentaries. Where’s the action? Where’s the sex? Where’s the fancy sports car, dude?

But everyone likes great music, which is why watching this documentary from Nirvana and Foo Fighters vocalist Dave Grohl is such a treat. If movies like Chicago and Mama Mia had audiences joyously swooning to the music along with their favorite stars on screen, this one will give audiences a look into how great rock music is composed – note by note, lyric by lyric, and master by master.

Sound City was a hidden secret of the music industry, deep within the San Fernando Valley where legendary acts like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, and Rick Springfield came to record, collaborate, and yes, even learn. Grohl takes his expertise in the musical field to show just how the world’s most beloved rock n’ roll music is created, especially when Paul McCartney shows up to put those famous Beatles jives to work on a new album with other rock legends.

A lot of people will think that this movie is just a harkening to the good ol’ days – and in a way it is. But it’s also a reminder that what made the old days so great was the artists themselves who strived to create what mattered to them, and not just what would sell on the airwaves or in the record stores. Sound City is a tribute to not only music, but to the very concept of creativity.

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