By at 8:55 AM Friday, December 7th 2012


Dave Grohl Wrote You a Letter, Wants You To Start a Band



We’ve shown you the trailer, we’ve been talking about it for almost a year, and now we’ve got not only a proper release date for Dave Grohl’s star-studded Sound City documentary, but pre-order links and a special note of thanks from Dave himself!

Centering on the history and legacy of the legendary and recently-shuttered Sound City studios in Los Angeles, the film features musicians including Trent Reznor, Joshua Homme, Mick Fleetwood, Tom Petty, Lars Ulrich, Krist Novoselic, Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Cheap Trick, Corey Taylor, Stephen Pearcy and many, many more discussing the sound, style and magic of the famed studio. Unbelievable collaborations and musical adventures took place for the film, and we’re chomping at the bit to take the plunge.

Earlier this week, Grohl revealed that the film will have its premiere screening at the Sudance Film Festival, set for January 17th – 27th in Park City, Utah. Pre-orders are underway for a DRM-free digital version of the film, for the pretty terrific price of $10. Along with the purchase comes a heartfelt note of thanks from Grohl himself, in which one can clearly tell that this is entirely a passion project for the relentless workaholic (who happens to be on the new QOTSA record, if you hadn’t heard). No Hollywood people were involved, but rather just a bunch of dirtbag rocker kids making a movie. In the best possible way.

From Dave:

Hey there….

    Thanks for scraping up your hard earned dough and buying the movie

direct from our site! We’re stoked! Hope you love it as much as we do….


     Ummm………Holy shit! I made a movie!


    I started this project a little over a year ago with ONE of my good

old friends (Jim Rota from the band Fireball Ministry). That’s

right….just me, my drinking buddy, and a crazy idea that we should tell

the story of a studio we had loved hanging around for years, and our

heartbreak to see it close. It soon blossomed into something truly epic! I

don’t think either of us ever imagined our little project would become

what it is now. Like all the best things in life, it just…….happened.


     From day one, it was the most incredible experience of my life. I

swear. Sitting down with Neil Young talking about recording guitars, John

Fogerty telling me about the day he decided to become a musician, Stevie

Nicks telling me the story of how she joined Fleetwood Mac, Trent Reznor

schooling me on the world of computers and digital technology, etc etc

etc…..can you imagine? All I had to do was listen…I am the luckiest

man on earth.


    And, being a completely independent film, no one told us how or what

to do! Me and my crew of under 20 people did it OUR way. It was like a keg

party with a camera. WE got to tell the story of a place we all held so

dear. WE wanted to do it justice. And I think we did.


    But, SOUND CITY is only part of the story…..


   What is it that happens when 4 people turn on, plug in, and really

play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What is it

about those moments when you hear something and it immediately puts its

hooks in you, and you feel…..understood? What is it that will inspire

the next generation of kids wanna do what I did when I was a little punk

growing up in Springfield, Virginia? That feeling like, “Wait……I can

do this too…..”


    That’s what I’m talking about. That human connection. That human

feel. That human sound…that isn’t perfect…but it’s sooooo good.


    I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I

hope you do too. 


    Psyched that you get to see it! Show it to your friends! Get

together, start a band, sound like shit, and change the world. GO!


    Thank you, thank you, thank you………Dave


Pre-order the Sound City movie now right here.


Meanwhile, On The Internet...

  1. Greg Kawalec says:

    I’m really curious if there’s gonna be a soundtrack. It would be a contractual nightmare, but it would almost be an awesome pseudo-Probot II.

  2. Rory Biller says:

    Best 10 bucks I ever spent.

  3. gaston says:

    “start a band, sound like shit, and change the world!” hahahaha here goes nothing

  4. Thanks to the thunderous Brazilian bomber Fernando for the birthday present.

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