DAVE GROHL Confirmed As Keynote Speaker For SXSW Music 2013

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Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 04:46:06 EST

Dave Grohl of FOO FIGHTERS and NIRVANA fame has been confirmed as keynote speaker for SXSW 2013 . The keynote will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center, the hub of SXSW Music events.

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The Dave Grohl keynote will be open to Music and Platinum registrants and registered showcasing artists.

SXSW 2013, the world's leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,000 regional, national and international acts will take place at the nighttime music festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music takes place Tuesday, March 12 - Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Conference registrations and hotel requests are now being accepted. Register now to see Dave Grohl at SXSW Music 2013.

Grohl recently announced that he will direct and produce a feature documentary film, Sound City, about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California. The film was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The console, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as NEIL YOUNG, FLEETWOOD MAC, TOM PETTY, CHEAP TRICK, GUNS AND ROSES, FEAR, NIRVANA, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SLIPKNOT, NINE INCH NAILS, METALLICA and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.

Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City, the film will showcase the amazing history of the studio, focus on the albums recorded there that went on to change the world, discuss the human element of music in an age of technology, and feature performances from many of the artists that called it "home".

In the new footage below, producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEATH ANGEL) discusses his musical memories:

In the video below, RATT reminisce on their musical memories:

Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) reminisces about his first musical memories in the footage below:

Grohl's personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana's breakthrough album, Nevermind. Selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermind changed the entire musical landscape and forever altered the course of Dave Grohl's life.

Roswell Films, a division of the Roswell Records label that releases Foo Fighters music, will distribute the film. Key personnel involved with the film include Producer/Director Dave Grohl; Editor Paul Crowder (Dogtown & Z Boys, Once In a Lifetime, Riding Giants); and Writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, Once In a Lifetime, The Tillman Story). The film is also being produced in conjunction with Jim Rota, John Ramsay, and Therapy studios.

Speaking to both the art of music and the art of filmmaking, Grohl crafted the letter below to share his vision for the film. Information and future announcements related to the film can be found at