Wednesday 12 June, 21.15h at Rialto Amsterdam


Dave Grohl

US | 2013 | 108

Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secrets: Sound City.
The recording studio hosted a legendary custom-built console considered by many as the best analog recording equipment ever created.
Established in 1969, the studio and its console had a key role in the recording of some of the most famous rock albums of all times, by artists such as Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Guns & Roses, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and many more.
With the advance of digital recording, the legendary console and the studio that hosted it went both out of business, on their way to become just another forgotten page in the rock memorabilia book.

Rock superstar Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) came first across the Californian studio during the recording of Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind.
After acquiring the Sound City’s console, Grohl decided to tell the untold story of the legendary recording studio and, at the same time, to gather some of the most famous musicians who recorded there to collaborate on a new album: the album was to be composed by new songs composed within a 24-hour session on the Sound City’s original console.

Presented in premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and hailed by critics worldwide as one of the best rock documentaries in recent years, Grohl’s outstanding debut narrates the unsung story of the legendary recording studio while showing the creative process of creating a collective rock album.

“SOUND CITY hits you like a shot in the heart.” – Rolling Stone

“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.” – Filmthreat

“High-spirited, emotional and funny, SOUND CITY is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock ‘n’ roll.” – Los Angeles Times

After the screening dj The Reaper (Los Angeles) will play rock records in the bar area.


A new monthly program presenting a line-up of critically acclaimed recent music documentaries and a hand-picked selection of widely influential classics.
Each special screening is followed by an after-party where DJs play music inspired by the films.

OFF THE RECORD: the soundtracks of our lives on the big screen.

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