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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

Photo Credit:  Andrew Stuart / HBO
  • Premiered: 
    October 17, 2014
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Musical
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Plot Synopsis

This series documents the Foo Fighters as it produces its eighth studio album during an eight-city recording odyssey across America. The band records one song in each city, using a legendary recording studio and featuring the music of local legends. Plus, Grohl holds off on writing lyrics until the last day of each session, letting himself be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process. On their journey, Foo Fighters recorded in Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and NYC. FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY premiered on HBO on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11pm ET/PT, commemorating the band's 20th anniversary.
On Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the season finale of FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY. On the final stop of his multi-city journey, Dave Grohl explores the melting-pot ingredients that have contributed to the evolution of the New York City music scene over the years. Among those who shed light on the Big Apple's enormous influence on American music are KISS' Paul Stanley, producer Jimmy Iovine, Nora Guthrie (daughter of Woody Guthrie), Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Chuck D of Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys' Mike D, and producer Rick Rubin. From the money-making factories of Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building in the '40s and '50s, to the West Village folk scene of the '60s, to the rock, punk and rap movements of the '70s and beyond, countless acts of the last half-century are either from NYC or have recorded there. Before recording a final Foo Fighters single at The Magic Shop -- one of the city's last iconic recording venues -- Dave chats with owner Steve Rosenthal about so me of the legendary bands that have recorded there, as well as the "cloudy" future of traditional, in-the-studio recording

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Roswell Films
  • Produced by Therapy Content
  • In association with Worldwide Pants Productions