Filmmaker Grohl’s sound judgment
The rock star’s engrossing music documentary explores a human element, writes
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.