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Dave Grohl's documentary 'Sound City' looks at Van Nuys studio where they recorded Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

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In the new documentary “Sound City,” Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl goes director on us to detail the rise and fall of Van Nuys recording studio Sound City.

The trailer was released earlier this week:

Dave Grohl pulls a Michael Moore/Morgan Spurlock and appears on camera, offering his own perspective on the famed studio. He had a prominent role in its history — it’s where his former band Nirvana’s seminal album “Nevermind” was recorded.

In the trailer, Grohl offers what seems to be a thesis statement for the film: “In this age of technology, where you can manipulate anything, how do we retain that human element?” The movie’s website describes it as “a film about the truth, the craft and the integrity of rock and roll.”

The studio opened in 1969, with numerous legends laying down tracks in this space. The musicians interviewed for the film include Weezer, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, members of Fleetwood Mac, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Rick Springfield, John Fogerty, Ratt and more.

Since the studio closed in 2011, Grohl now owns its mixing console. We’ll find out in February 2013 if Grohl can be successful in using his film to bring more attention to the history of Sound City. It’s scheduled to have its premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival.

(Hat tip: Los Angeles, I’m Yours)

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