Sound City, the documentary directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl about a legendary Los Angeles studio where many of rock's greatest albums were recorded, has been certified gold for sales of more than 50,000 copies of the film on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie has actually sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S., with fully half of those in digital form.
Grohl conceived of the project after buying the historic Neve 8028 analog recording console from the now-defunct Sound City studio in Van Nuys, California. The board was built in 1972 and was used to record albums by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and countless others over the past 40 years.
Grohl was the drummer in Nirvana when the band recorded its groundbreaking 1991 album Nevermind at Sound City.
Although the studio went out of business as digital recording technology took over music, Grohl told us that it's a "misconception" that the movie was about analog vs. digital recording: "The movie is really about the human element of music. Now, the human element of music can survive in a world that's analog or a world that's digital. What we tried to explain in the movie is that the most important thing is the person that's behind the computer or the person that's behind the old analog board. The most important thing is that there's a human element to what you're doing."
The film, which Grohl produced as well as directed, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January before premiering on DVD, VOD and in select theaters the following month.
Grohl and an ensemble of musicians who are interviewed in the film, dubbed the Sound City Players, played shows in Park City, Utah during Sundance, New York City, Los Angeles and London.