I wouldn’t be the person I am without music. That’s just a fact. Few things are more fascinating to me than the history of music, the roots of it, the endless influences, where my favorite artists came from, and how they created the music that changed my life.
Sonic Highways, in the words of creator Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, is like a love letter to the history of American music. The idea started as a trip around the country to record their upcoming album, also called Sonic Highways, a song at a time in the legendary recording studios in all of the different music hub major cities. The idea became so rich with stories and culture that it blossomed into a television series for HBO. As someone who totally geeks out on music biographical films and documentaries, this is pretty much the best thing in the whole world.
Boyfriend recently got HBO and introduced it to me this weekend. Of course we had to skip down and watch the Seattle episode first, and I’m telling you guys it’s simply wonderful. Each episode is packed with images, video, interviews and stories that make each American city unique in it’s own history of music. At the end of each episode, Foo Fighters records a song for their album in a legendary music studio in that city, collaborating with some of the people they’ve interviewed in the episode. As a result each song on the album has a different flavor and vibe, mirroring the place that they made the song. It’s a pretty cool concept.
Sonic Highways is only available through HBO at the moment, although there are a lot of clips on YouTube.