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Grohl spoke while sitting in his studio, in a room filled with guitars and overlooking the sound board he reveres. Homework assignments of songs to learn for an upcoming Sundance appearance were listed on a sheet of paper for when Foo Fighters arrived later in the day, including some by Nicks and John Fogerty. “Can you believe it?” Grohl said. “I’m singing `Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ with Stevie Nicks!”

There’s no hiding the excited kid in Grohl’s eyes when the film depicts him, Novoselic and Pat Smear jamming with Paul McCartney in the same studio. The collaboration resulted in a song, “Cut Me Some Slack,” that they performed publicly at the Sandy benefit and on the new album.

Many people have wrongly interpreted his film to be anti-technology, Grohl said. “I’m not Amish,” he said, noting he uses advanced recording equipment all the time. “Sound City” interviews Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor as an example of a technical wizard who still benefits from collaborations.

“The intention was to inspire people to fall in love with the human element and the human process of making music,” he said. “A lot of kids only hear music on their video games. A lot of kids only see singing contests on television. They don’t know that you can buy a (lousy) guitar at a garage sale, and sit in your garage with your neighbor and write a song by yourself and suck. And then become the biggest band in the world. It happens that way.”

Grohl’s 6-year-old daughter recently asked her dad to listen to her play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the violin. It sounded like someone strangling a goose while scratching nails down a chalkboard, he said.

To his daughter’s ears, it was beautiful music.

Judging by “Sound City,” it was to Grohl‘s, too.

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Associated Press correspondent Natalie Rotman contributed to this report.

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EDITOR’S NOTE _ David Bauder can be reached at dbauder(at)ap.org and on Twitter (at)dbauder.