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Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl directs the series, which taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York. The band based themselves at a legendary recording studio integral to the unique history and character of each location.

One song was recorded in each city, and every track features local legends. Even the lyrics were developed in an experimental, unprecedented way: Grohl held off on writing them until the last day of each session, letting himself be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways is, in Grohl’s words, “a love letter to the history of American music.” Each episode delves into the identity of each city -- showing how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years and, in turn, how they impacted the cultural fabric of their hometowns. Every artist who appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with universal dreams of making music and making it big.

Grohl made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with the universally acclaimed Grammy-winning Sound City, a celebration of the human element in the creation and recording of music. Foo Fighters have won 11 Grammy Awards, including four for Best Rock Album, more than any other band.

Premiering on the eve of Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways aims to “give back” to the next generation of young musicians. As guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, an interviewee from the Chicago blues scene, explains, “Everything comes from what’s come before.”
(Source: HBO)
Started:
  • Oct/17/2014
Ended:
  • Dec/05/2014
Genres:
  • Current Events
  • Educational
  • Music
Airs on:
  • Friday
Canceled/Ended
Type: Mini-Series
Seasons: 1
Selected by: 187 PPL
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Season 1
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #8  New York City 6th Dec 2014 1 year ago 04:00 - 05:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 8 - "New York City"
On the final stop of his multi-city journey, Dave Grohl explores the melting-pot ingredients that have contributed to the evolution of the NYC 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 some of the legendary bands that have recorded there, as well as the "cloudy" future of traditional, in-the-studio recording.
Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #7  Seattle 29th Nov 2014 2 years ago 04:00 - 05:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 7 - "Seattle"
While Foo Fighters set up to record with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard at Robert Lang Studio - the last place Nirvana recorded and where the first Foo Fighters album was made - Dave Grohl chats with owner Robert Lang, as well as Duff McKagen (Guns N' Roses), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Nancy Wilson (Heart) about Seattle's northwest sound. Dave delves deep into Seattle's rich musical heritage, far beyond the "grunge" heyday of the early '90s to acts as diverse as Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, The Sonics and Macklemore. Dave also interviews Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, co-founders of the famed Sub Pop Records, which started as a fanzine and eventually became the label that signed Nirvana, among other acts that inspired a worldwide phenomenon.
Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #6  New Orleans 22nd Nov 2014 2 years ago 04:00 - 05:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 6 - "New Orleans"
Melding the rhythms of the city with diverse cultural influences, New Orleans epitomized the evolution of jazz as home to Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick, Jr., Little Richard, Juvenile, Aaron Neville and many others. Dave Grohl chats with Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Cyril Neville and Trombone Shorty (who first played onstage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival when he was just four years old) about New Orleans' unique history, "jazz funerals," Mardi Gras Indians and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Elsewhere, Dave bonds with Ben Jaffe, scion of a famous jazz family and leader of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, before recording the latest Foo Fighters song at the historic French Quarter venue.
Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #5  Los Angeles 15th Nov 2014 2 years ago 04:00 - 05:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 5 - "Los Angeles"
Los Angeles has been the musical birthplace of such iconic and varied acts as The Doors, X, Guns N' Roses, NWA, Van Halen, The Eagles, Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, an L.A. native whose band The Germs were pioneers of the city's punk scene, visit legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, owner of a 1970s Sunset Strip club that became ground zero of the U.S. glitter rock scene and a stomping ground for the likes of Iggy Pop and The Runaways, Joan Jett's first band. Dave and the Foos then head to the desert to record with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh at Rancho de la Luna, an iconoclastic studio in Joshua Tree, where co-founder David Catching and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme reminisce about the 1990s Palm Desert underground.
Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #4  Austin 8th Nov 2014 2 years ago 04:00 - 05:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 4 - "Austin"
As Foo Fighters prepare to record at the historic Austin City Limits Studio, Dave Grohl chats with Terry Lickona, executive producer of "Austin City Limits," the TV series that has featured performances from Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Beck, Radiohead and Grohl himself (in both Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures) over the course of 40 years. Dave delves into the roots of the city's music scene, from the blues of Jimmie Vaughan, to the psychedelic rock pioneered by Roky Erickson's 13th Floor Elevators, to punk bands Scratch Acid and Big Boys. He also discusses the impact of commercialization on Austin with guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #3  Nashville 1st Nov 2014 2 years ago 03:00 - 04:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 3 - "Nashville"
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Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #2  Washington, D.C. 25th Oct 2014 2 years ago 03:00 - 04:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 2 - "Washington, D.C."
A transient town where few are born and raised, Washington, D.C. is in many ways a city of extremes. Starland Vocal Band, Marvin Gaye, Duke Ellington, Nils Lofgren, Chuck Brown, Henry Rollins, Fugazi and Trouble Funk all hail from D.C. In the early '70s, the music style go-go originated here, and has remained a local craze ever since. Dave Grohl sits down with Trouble Funk's Big Tony Fisher to talk about go-go, and explores its origins with Chuck Brown, the genre's undisputed godfather. He also chats with Don Zientara, owner of Inner Ear Studio, which the Virginia-raised Grohl says "produced the entire soundtrack of my youth," as well as with members of the punk band Bad Brains and Ian MacKaye of Teen Idles, Minor Threat and Fugazi, who all recorded at Inner Ear over the decades.
Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ Foo Fighters Sonic Highways #1  Chicago 18th Oct 2014 2 years ago 03:00 - 04:00 US Show
Season 1, Episode 1 - "Chicago"
Chicago has been a mecca for such diverse acts as Cheap Trick, Etta James, Smashing Pumpkins, Herbie Hancock, Chicago and Kanye West. This episode chronicles the city's musical evolution from the blues of Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters in the '50s and '60s, to the quintessentially midwestern rock of Cheap Trick in the '70s and the punk rock of the '80s, as exemplified by Naked Raygun. At Electrical Audio studios, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters connect with owner Steve Albini, a Chicago musical icon as a founding member of Big Black and Shellac, who produced and recorded Nirvana's third album, "In Utero." Later, they're joined by Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen to record "Something from Nothing," the first song on Foo Fighters' new album.
Type: Mini-Series | Genre(s): Current Events, Educational, Music | Network: HBO | Status: Canceled/Ended | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
 
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