Video: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Documentary Trailer.

Sonic Highways is an 8 episode TV documentary series made by musician Dave Grohl that coincides with a new Foo Fighters album of the same name which creates an ode to American music. Each episode focuses on a new music city of the US and locks Grohl in a hotel with some wine until he pens a love letter to each city. Did you love the Sound City Documentary Grohl made a few years back? Then you might indeed love this series too.

Episode 1 which aired overnight on HBO in the US focuses on the sounds of Chicago (from the blues of Buddy Guy to punk). Mr Grohl first fell in love with punk music in the city of Chicago while visiting his older punk female cousin who took him to his first gig at Cubby Bear (opposite the stadium were the Chicago Bears would play).

I thoroughly enjoyed Grohl recounting his introduction to punk music in the book This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl written by Paul Brannigan. Obviously, it isn’t his only brush with Chicago music royalty, as us indie kids know that abrasive music legend (and food blogger) Steve Albini goes on to produce Nirvana’s very excellent album, In Utero.

In the first episode we enjoy tales from Buddy Guy, Bonnie Ratt, Steve Albini, and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick jams out with the Foo Fighters on their new track, Something From Nothing which closes the show.

Episode 2 which airs next week will focus on Washington DC. Hell yeah! This means that the mighty Bad Brains and Minor Threat are coming to a TV screen near you.

Should music highways follow the path of Dave Grohl’s book life, then I predict episode 3 will be about Seattle (Nirvana anyone?) and soon after he’ll head to the desert outside Los Angeles (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age). The book ends in 2010 so I’m at a loss to inform you the remaining order of the series 😉

Sonic Highways

  • Episode 1 – Chicago (track – Something From Nothing featuring Rick Neilsen)
  • Episode 2 – Washington DC
  • Seattle
  • Los Angeles
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Austin

Other special guests in the series that I can conclude from the trailers are: Ian Mackaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Paul Stanley (Kiss), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Gary Clark Jr, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Zac Brown, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Pharrell Williams, Butch Vig (Garbage), LL Cool J, Slash, Macklemore, Joan Jett, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Barack Obama, and Joshua Homme (Kyuss, Queens of The Stone Age).

In my brush with American music this week I met the coolest taxi driver in Melbourne, who not only had heard of the band I had ventured to see that night (The Tea Party), but he even told me an unknown tidbit about them refusing to sell the rights to their website domain to the political party of the same name. And… he was lucky enough to see a young Jackson 5 perform live at Festival Hall back in the day!

Video: A Conversation with Foo Fighters (Sonic Highways).

Sonic Highways airs on HBO in the US (11pm Fridays), HBO Go (on demand for US residents only), and on Go! in Australia (4.30pm Saturdays*), and BBC Four (from 26 October).

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways is to be released on 10 November 2014 (world wide release). 

* Repeat advertised on Go! for this Sunday 19 October at 3.30pm.

Further Exploration:

Previously on Sampling Station:

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About noisynoodle

I am a noisy noodle hailing from Melbourne, Australia who loves listening to noise in all forms, but preferably in music, TV and film. I’ve moonlighted on community radio at SYN-FM many years ago when I was still a “youth”. My mission is to promote live music (get off your bum and see something!), highlight interesting TV shows that are ignored by the ratings, expose some cool films and to not go deaf trying!

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