Sound City, USA

A long time ago I had another life working at a production house where I made some of the very best friends I’ll ever make (and threw some of the wildest parties I’ll never remember). Many of those people have spent the last year working on a movie called Sound City, a documentary directed by Dave Grohl that recently debuted at Sundance.

Sound City was a recording studio in the Valley where many—if not most—of the greatest rock albums of all time were made. I’ll just toss some names out here that you might recognize: Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, Elton John. (You can listen to this playlist of songs recorded in the studio.) And, of course, Nirvana recorded Smells Like Teen Spirit there, which launched Grohl’s relationship with the studio—and an aging, hulking mixing console that co-stars in the film as well.

The movie delivers an inspiring history of making rock music and a fascinating look at the creative process. But to me, it’s also a very beautiful story about Los Angeles—how the legendary places that define the city and its various cultural exports are tucked into some of the most surprising places, like a dreary warehouse in Van Nuys.

So how can you see this wonderful film? You can catch a screening in a city near you, or you can buy the movie for $12.99 and have a gorgeous HD copy delivered right to your hard drive, knowing that all the money goes directly to the amazing creatives who made this movie happen—people who I’m so proud of for sharing this story with the world.

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