Dave Grohl explains why he directed a documentary, besides the fact that he is Dave Grohl and he can
Dave Grohl is just like all the other obsessive music nerds out there, except he was a part of two of the most popular rock bands of all time and so he has a lot more money. That money not only affords him the ability to indulge in that obsession by collecting expensive things, like the console from California's Sound City Studios—long considered the holy grail of analog recording—but then also make a movie about it, using some of the vast sums of money he still has left over. And so Grohl has graduated from helming Foo Fighters music videos to making his feature debut by producing and directing Sound City, a documentary delving into the 40-plus-year history of the legendary Van Nuys space that's produced albums like Tom Petty's Damn The Torpedoes, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and Neil Young's After The Gold Rush, while also hosting bands like Guns N' Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Fear, Cheap Trick, Nine Inch Nails, and Metallica.
And of course, Grohl will also tell the story behind one of the more famous records ever cut there, Nirvana's Nevermind—provided he can filter out the sound of Courtney Love screaming for royalties outside. Grohl recently penned the below letter to explain his motivation behind making the film (besides, again, the fact that he can) in which he refers to it as "a personal journey beginning 20 years ago that culminates in a full circle musical reunion." Of course, unless he's making a hologram joke, that probably doesn't mean what you think it means.
There's also this very brief teaser that's been floating around for a couple months, in which Dave Grohl pauses to make the above face, like, "What? I'm Dave fucking Grohl! I churn out agreeable radio-rock hits with an efficiency that rivals the Japanese auto industry! So I'm makin' this here movie!"