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THIS MONTH Dave Grohl, front man of the Foo Fighters (and object of a few crushes around our office), is releasing a documentary he directed about Sound City Studios in Van Nuys. Tracks to some of the most popular rock albums of all time were laid down behind the recording studio’s cinder-block walls, from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours to Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes to Nirvana’s Nevermind. When Grohl, who was a drummer for Nirvana, heard that the studio was possibly shutting down last year, he bought Sound City’s legendary Neve 8028 recording console, moved it to his own studio, and filmed a love letter to the Valley landmark… Read
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