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March 10, 2013

Grohl gets his groove back in 'Sound City'


Studio managers Paula Salvatore and Shivaun O’Brian, producers and recording engineers and others recall launching Springfield’s career by convincing him to let Pat Benatar’s guitarist-husband do the guitar tracks on “Jesse’s Girl,” creating a blockbuster hit. Not that Springfield’s bull-terrier dog (in the studio when Neil Giraldo played) approved.

“Sound City” encapsulates the digital recording revolution that did in most sound studios, and the last third of the film — with artists such as McCartney, Springfield and Fear frontman Lee Ving recording new songs on the old console — drags and makes the movie lose its way.

But it’s still a passion project, in all the best ways — a jaunty, juicy ramble through music history from Johnny Cash to Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

MPAA rating: Unrated, with profanity, innuendo

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