"Sound City was the place real men went to make records".
I recently watched Sound City: Real to Reel and could not have enjoyed it more. If you listen to rock music made between 1970 and 1995 you know more than one song recorded at Sound City Studios in
by heart. I won’t rehash the details of the film, but YOU
NEED TO SEE IT. The centerpiece of the story is their legendary (non-digital)
soundboard and the music it captured. It is an amazing glimpse into how songs
that you know and love got from someone’s head into your ears. As Tom Petty so
eloquently puts it in the film; “You’re
trying to catch lightning in a bottle.
Music really isn’t supposed to be perfect; it’s all about people
relating to each other and doing something that comes from the soul.” Van
So Thank You Dave Grohl,
For reminding me that just because I don’t care for a particular song or style of music doesn’t mean there is not a lot of thought and effort put into it.
For showing me that even hair bands and punk rockers also take their art seriously.
For caring about the history and story of your industry; not just the songs but how they come to the audience.
For buying the Sound City Studios Soundboard so it didn’t end up in a landfill.
For making this film so we music junkies could have yet another fix.
Real to Reel is about great music, a great story and great insights into an industry a lot of us couldn’t live without.