VH1's Emmy-winning series "Rock Docs" returns with the stories of two Seattle institutions.
"Sound City," directed by Dave Grohl, drummer for Nirvana, frontman for the Foo Fighters, and all-around good guy, is a solid debut for the first-time filmmaker, taking viewers to the storied recording studio that is the doc's namesake.
There, some of music's greatest albums were made by the likes of Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Neil Young and Trent Reznor, among others, all of whom are interviewed along with Grohl himself. His time at Sound City – recording Nirvana's 1991 breakthrough album "Nevermind," changed the path of his life forever. Also probed is the human element of music-making and the lost art of analog recording.
"Sound City" airs Aug. 17 at 10 p.m. on VH1 and VH1 Classic.
"Pearl Jam 20," directed by "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" screenwriter Cameron Crowe, will premiere on Oct. 12. The second doc in the series chronicles the band's formation, tumultuous events of their early years and their rise to stardom, after which they decided to step back from fame.
Bold and loud, the film features over 1,200 hours of rare and never-before-seen footage of Pearl Jam and highlights the power that uncompromising artists have as well as how they translate that to their music.
Overseeing the "Rock Docs" franchise for VH1 are Warren Cohen, Stephen Mintz, Brad Abramson and Shelly Tatro.