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Dave Grohl Cites Sound City Studios' History as Reason for Nirvana's Success

Image courtesy of Didier Messens/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Didier Messens/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)

Dave Grohl feels Nirvana owes a debt of gratitude to Sound City Studios’ rich history. The former Nirvana drummer says that he chose to make his Sound City documentary about the legendary Los Angeles studio -- where Grohl and Nirvana recorded the band's landmark 1991 album, Nevermind -- because it was directly responsible for the group's commercial success.

"There's a story behind every single classic album that was put together behind those doors, and if it wasn't for the people who kept those rooms alive, maybe half of us wouldn't have gone there," Grohl tells BBC News .  "Nowhere else would have allowed Nirvana to make a record which sounded as raw as it did.  And without that sound, I don't think I'd be here today."

Grohl adds that he hopes the upcoming film will inspire future generations of musicians.  "I don't want kids to be confused and think you have to go to college to study music," he explains.  "You can just go into an old guitar shop, buy the biggest piece of junk and then write a beautiful song and become the biggest band in the world.  These things can happen."

While Sound City recently had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the documentary will be shown in a select number of movie theaters across North America, for one night only this Thursday, before being released digitally on the following day.  The film's soundtrack, Sound City -- Real to Reel , will arrive at all the usual outlets on March 12.

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