Roundup: Grohl’s Secret Rock Doc Revealed

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The “secret project” that Dave Grohl’s been working on? That would be a documentary about the legendary Sound City Studios, which closed last year. Said Grohl: “The list of people that recorded there reads like a virtual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Slayer, Rage Against the Machine, Weezer, Metallica — and Nirvana.” Thus far, Ratt, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor have also contributed to the project.

LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is launching his own coffee brand.

Patrick Alloco, the AllGood Entertainment promoter who has been prevented from leaving Angola for the last month, has written an open letter to the concert industry calling for a unified front to prevent such situations from happening again. Nas has been denied his passport and his ability to exit the country since he arranged for Nas to play there, but the rapper didn’t show up. Read the letter at Pollstar.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse will make their return Feb. 10 at the MusicCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Paul McCartney. According to, it will be their first public performance since their Greendale tour of 2004.

Alan Lomax’s massive trove of American folk music, which he began collecting in the 1930s, is going digital by the end of the month. The New York Times reports that about 17,000 tracks will soon be available for free streaming.

The pissing match between Elton John and Madonna continues apace. In an interview with Good Morning America yesterday, when asked what advice he had for Madge, Sir Elton said, “Make sure you lip-sync good.”

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