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Film Forum: Sound City

Rock and Roll in the Glory Days


Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013 08:04

Before the digital age killed the analog console, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Springfield, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Metallica, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Johnny Cash, and many more flocked to a dilapidated warehouse turned pizza box and beer can studded studio in the San Fernando Valley to lay down tracks and make some magic.

Sound City, home to some of rock’s most famous artists and birthplace of some of rock’s greatest albums, was renowned for its recording quality and lack of overdubs, backing tracks, and the like, always emphasizing and prizing the human element of the music. When technological developments made the studio’s legendary analog console obsolete in the 2000s, the studio closed down.

Through interviews and performances from musicians who recorded there, director Dave Grohl, formerly of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, recounts the story of the rise and fall of the fabled Sound City studio, celebrating its history and legendary contributions to the world of rock and roll.

Sound City will be showing at the Saratoga Film Forum at 320 Broadway this Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 14th at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for students.


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