Film­maker Grohl’s sound judg­ment

The rock star’s en­gross­ing mu­sic doc­u­men­tary ex­plores a hu­man el­e­ment, writes

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learn for an up­com­ing Sun­dance ap­pear­ance were listed on a sheet of pa­per for when Foo Fight­ers ar­rived later in the day, in­clud­ing some by Nicks and John Fogerty.

‘‘Can you be­lieve it?’’ Grohl says. ‘‘I’m singing Stop Drag­gin’ My Heart Around with Ste­vie Nicks!’’

There’s no hid­ing the ex­cited kid in Grohl’s eyes when the film de­picts him, Novoselic and Pat Smear jam­ming with Paul McCart­ney in the same stu­dio.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion re­sulted in a song, Cut Me Some Slack, that they per­formed pub­licly at the Sandy ben­e­fit and on the new al­bum.

Many peo­ple have wrongly in­ter­preted his film to be an­titech­nol­ogy, Grohl says.

‘‘I’m not Amish,’’ he says, not­ing that he uses ad­vanced record­ing equip­ment all the time.

Sound City in­ter­views Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor as an ex­am­ple of a tech­ni­cal wizard who still ben­e­fits from col­lab­o­ra­tions.

‘‘The in­ten­tion was to in­spire peo­ple to fall in love with the hu­man el­e­ment and the hu­man process of mak­ing mu­sic,’’ he says.

‘‘A lot of kids only hear mu­sic on their video games. A lot of kids only see singing con­tests on tele­vi­sion.

‘‘They don’t know that you can buy a gui­tar at a garage sale, and sit in your garage with your neigh­bour and write a song by your­self and suck. And then be­come the big­gest band in the world. It hap­pens that way.’’

Grohl’s six-year-old daugh­ter re­cently asked her dad to lis­ten to her play Twin­kle Twin­kle Lit­tle Star on the vi­o­lin. It sounded some­thing like some­one stran­gling a goose while scratch­ing nails down a chalk­board.

To his daugh­ter’s ears, how­ever, it was beau­ti­ful mu­sic.

Judg­ing by Sound City, it was to Grohl’s, too.

Sound City premieres in Aus­tralia on pay-TV chan­nel Max on Septem­ber 12 at 9pm.

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