Dave Grohl has made an eight part documentary for HBO called Sonic Highways, in the new series, the Foo Fighters document the making of their new studio album.
Dave Grohl directs the series, which criss-crossed the United States. Each episode takes place in a different city, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York. The documentary also explores the musical significance of each city, its musical characters and chronicles the importance of each music studio they record in.
In each city the band record one song with a local legend. Featured in the HBO series are, Fugazi, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Joe Walsh (The Eagles) and Arcade Fire. Grohl even held off writing lyrics until the last day of each session, so he could soak in the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.
Foo Fighters frontman says the series is a “love letter to the history of American music.” Each episode explores the unique identity of the musicians and identifies how the city they were raised in influenced their musical sound.
This is Grohl’s second music documentary, his first was ‘Sound City’, a Grammy award winning film about the Sound City Recording Studios. Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Kings Of Leon, Rage Against The Machine, Johnny Cash and Nirvana, have all played and recorded in Sound City Studios.
Sonic Highways’ premiering on HBO this autumn.