SOUND CITY – Rockumentary Film Series Kicks Off Next Thursday at Schlafly Bottleworks
Rock out Thursday June 5th when SOUND CITY screens at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood at 7pm.
I’ve never seen SOUND CITY. I’ve seen hardly any rock docs (unless you count SPINAL TAP), not even Scorsese’s THE LAST WALTZ. I did enjoy ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL a couple of years ago. I saw the Led Zep film THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME when it was new and recall a midnight show of BLACK AND BLUE, a Black Sabbath/Blue Oyster Cult concert film around 1980 that I can’t imagine sitting through today. Anyway, A Film Series is kicking off a new Rockumentary film series with SOUND CITY next Thursday, June 5th, at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood (). The movie begins at 7pm
Sound City Studios is a recording complex that opened in 1969 in Van Nuys, CA. While the studio looked utilitarian on the outside and was located in a less-than-glamorous part of Southern California, it boasted a state-of-the-art recording console designed by Rupert Neve, and the studio’s acoustics gave music a big, powerful sound that was perfect for rock & roll. Beginning with Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush in 1970, many of the biggest acts of the day came to Sound City to put their music on tape, and bands and performers such as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Elton John, Santana, Johnny Cash, and the Grateful Dead all cut albums there. In 1991, Nirvana came to Sound City to record their breakthrough album Nevermind, and the studio soon found a new clientele, with alternative rockers such as Nine Inch Nails, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, and Rage Against the Machine booking time at the studio. But as digital technology became the industry standard by the end of the 1990s, Sound City’s analog gear fell out of favor, and the owners sold off the trademark Neve recording console. That console was purchased by musician Dave Grohl, who recorded at Sound City with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and Grohl offers a look back at the studio’s glory days in the documentary SOUND CITY. Along with interviews with many of the artists and technicians who worked at Sound City, the film examines how the rise of digital recording technology has changed the music business, and impacted the way many musicians work. SOUND CITY was Grohl’s first project as a film director, and the documentary received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Film Threat said of SOUND CITY:
“So in the end, Sound City has something for everyone. Whether you’re a music gearhead, a fan of the bands and albums recorded at Sound City, someone who appreciates the creative process behind writing and recording songs or even just someone who digs well-made documentaries, the film has it all. We know Dave Grohl is a great drummer and an incredible frontman; now we know he’s a great documentary filmmaker too”
Sounds pretty good, huh!?
$6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. Dan the bartender will be on hand to take care of you.
The Crown Room at Schlafly opens at 6:00.
Come on out for dinner and a movie.
Funds generated from this series” help support programming and events produced by Helping Kids Together (HKT).
Schlafly Bottleworks site can be found HERE