Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

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Dave Grohl makes for a lovable front man in Sonic Highways, a documentary series that sidesteps the pitfalls of the standard vanity project by delving thoughtfully into what gives each music scene its distinction.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 66

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Air date: Oct 17, 2014

Alt-rockers Foo Fighters explore America's musical identity by visiting eight cities, including Austin, Nashville and New Orleans, and recording one song in each place for their eighth studio album, "Sonic Highways." The series begins in Chicago, where they recall the town's history as a blues mecca and record with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2014

Washington, D.C.'s music history is explored through recollections by Chuck Brown (1936-2012), the "godfather of Go-go"; Trouble Funk's "Big Tony" Fisher; Bad Brains; singer Ian MacKaye; and producer Don Zientara of Inner Ear Studios.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2014

A visit to Nashville includes interviews with Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown, Emmylou Harris and Dan Auerbach.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2014

A stop in Austin features the contributions to the city's music scene by Jimmie Vaughan, the 13th Floor Elevators and Scratch Acid. Also: a pilgrimage to "Austin City Limits" and its legendary Studio 6A; an interview with guitarist Gary Clark Jr.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2014

A visit to Los Angeles features interviews with producer Jimmy Iovine and nightclub owner Rodney Bingenheimer, and a session with guitarist Joe Walsh at Rancho De La Luna recording studio.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2014

A sojourn in New Orleans includes a gig at Preservation Hall; and appearances by Allen Toussaint, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Ben Jaffe and Dr. John.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2014

The band return to Seattle, where they record with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard at Robert Lang Studios, where Nirvana cut their last album and the Foo Fighters made their first. Also appearing are Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Heart's Nancy Wilson; and Sub Pop Records' Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2014

The New York music scene, from the 1940s to the 21st century, is recalled in the Season 1 ender with Chuck D (Public Enemy), Mike D (Beastie Boys), LL Cool J, Paul Stanley (KISS), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), and producers Jimmy Iovine and Rick Rubin. Also: an interview with Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora; a recording session at The Magic Shop with owner Steve Rosenthal.

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Critic Reviews for Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

Grohl soars when emphasizing personal perspective. He grew up in Virginia and knows these scenes well. How he fares on upcoming episodes, in places like New Orleans or our own New York, remains to be seen.

Jun 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is an interesting series and a worthy endeavor that makes terrific use of archival footage in both of the first two hours. But the overall emphasis on punk is at the expense of more vital genres.

Jun 30, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Dave Grohl packs a lot of history, sentiment, and personality into his HBO music series -- and the huge project almost gets away from him... The series sometimes meanders, but only because Grohl's goals are lofty.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Fun, lively, interesting, but also tends to lose focus at times.

Jun 25, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Grohl is a superstar, one with a certain meme-ified ubiquity that enchants the public more often than it revolts them, and his down-to-earth persona is a hell of a hook.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The problem with Sonic Highways is the same as it is in any documentary or series where there's a lot more talking than doing... The good news about Sonic Highways is that it doesn't have enough time to bore us to tears.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Say what you want about the Foo Fighters or the album of the same name, but HBO's Sonic Highways was one of the most interesting television shows of the year.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

With each episode, it becomes more dismaying, and much clearer, that Grohl's version of that history begins and ends with men almost entirely.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Is there more Grohl could have explored? Of course... But within the hour-long format of Sonic Highways, he covers a lot of ground.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Anyone with ears and a brain knew the series and album would rock, especially with Grohl in the utility role of band member, songwriter, director, lead interviewer, narrator and court jester.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

As history lessons go, Sonic Highways rocks.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

It might sound a tad corny, and that it is, but again, if you're a fan, you'll love it.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways: Season 1

  • Oct 23, 2014
    This was awesome to watch. Plain and simple and I am looking forward very much to the new album from the legendary Foos.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2015
    Esta fantástica serie documental representa un agasajo para todos aquellos que no somos muy entendidos en el área de lo musical, y es que en base a lo mas conocido vamos construyendo un mapa mental de todas las raíces que a lo largo de los años han dado origen a esos músicos y bandas que han acompañado nuestra vida diaria. Estoy seguro que todo aquel que tenga una noción de la música popular tampoco se verá defraudado por este magnifico trabajo dirigido por el ex baterísta de Nirvana y actual líder de los Foo Fighters, quien sin duda aprovecha su conocimiento y contactos para darnos un recorrido por las bases musicales de los Estados Unidos. Sonic Highways es una excelente clase de historia y cultura pop que no tiene perdida alguna, y si usted es de conocimiento limitado en la materia le garantizo que terminará con una libreta llena de nombres y referencias que engordarán su acervo de música personal.
  • Oct 22, 2014
    Uma vitamina do rock!! Muito foda!!

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