Sonic Highways commemorates the Foo Fighters 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.
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Series cast summary:
Dave Grohl ...  Himself 8 episodes, 2014
Taylor Hawkins ...  Himself 8 episodes, 2014
Randy Horte Randy Horte ...  Assistant Editor 8 episodes, 2014
Rami Jaffee Rami Jaffee ...  Himself 8 episodes, 2014
Nate Mendel Nate Mendel ...  Himself 8 episodes, 2014
Chris Shiflett Chris Shiflett ...  Himself 8 episodes, 2014
Pat Smear ...  Himself 8 episodes, 2014
Butch Vig ...  Himself 8 episodes, 2014
Steve Albini ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
Ryan Florig Ryan Florig ...  Handsome Dude on Bike 2 episodes, 2014
David Fricke David Fricke ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
Buddy Guy ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
James Murphy ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
Jason Narducy Jason Narducy ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
Rick Nielsen ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
Scott Reeder Scott Reeder ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
Joe Walsh ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2014
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To salute the band's 20th year and inspire its eighth studio album, Foo Fighters' founder/frontman Dave Grohl has produced "a love letter to the history of American music." His documentary taps into the styles and heritage of Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Each hourlong episode has Grohl and bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear recording a song in each city. Locals Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Dolly Parton, Rick Nielsen, Chuck D, Allen Toussaint, Gary Clark Jr. and others, contribute to tracks, illustrating how one's surroundings affect tonal/rhythmic traits and how music legends impact their hometowns. Written by Jwelch5742

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17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways See more »

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The Foo Fighters Recorded "Something From Nothing" in Chicago at the Electrical Audio Studio. The Foo Fighters Recorded "The Feast and the Famine" in Washington D.C at the "Inner Ear Studio". The Foo Fighters Recorded "Congregation" in Nashville at the "Southern Ground Studio". The Foo Fighters Recorded "What Did I Do? / God As My Witness" in Austin at the "Austin City Limits Studio". The Foo Fighters Recorded "Outside" in Los Angeles at the "Rancho De La Luna Studio". The Foo Fighters Recorded "Clear" in New Orleans at "Preservation Hall". The Foo Fighters Recorded "Subterranean" in Seattle at "Robert Lang Studios". The Foo Fighters Recorded "I am a River" in New York at the "Magic Shop". By Pez Tickles See more »

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A Proper Recognition To Music Legends
17 October 2014 | by conceptoneproduction-1See all my reviews

In a day and age where social networking and other new-age website mediums are pointing a middle finger to artists who struggled to get where they are, Sonic Highways restores the inspiration that is slowly being lost. Today, the music world is being hacked by those who believe views from those looking into a computer screen is the best gratifying experience. The world of musicians only playing music for their own ears is getting lost into history. Now, people are wanting cameras around every note being played, so they can become the next online star who obtains the spotlight for a short amount of time.

Dave Grohl begins this incredible journey by taking us to the old blues and punk rock routes of Chicago. He establishes the fact that many of the musicians didn't expect to gain a bigger audience than the 50 people crammed inside of a local club, or those listening on the side of a street. This is what I personally enjoy; fellow musicians who can enjoy music, without ever expecting it to leave the room. The gratification of playing it for a small amount of people, or just for yourself is greater than millions of views.

Though the caparison to the online digital age isn't addressed, the feeling when watching this series is, "how I f**king miss those days." Watching Sonic Highways is like dusting off an old record while sitting in a room listening and remembering. The series is an inspiration within itself.


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