Dave Grohl on American Idol and why musicians should go to a yard sale


From Delta Sky Magazine:

Because Grohl has so forcefully advocated for the side of the die that defends and preserves the craft of making music with amplified guitars, he’s been labeled a “rockist” by music critics. That is, someone who is prejudiced not only against other genres of music, whether rap or dance or bubblegum pop, but against the ways in which other kinds of music are manufactured. And because music critics use words like “rockist,” Grohl (correctly) believes this critical language is gibberish. So he made Sound City for the people who speak his language: rock musicians and people who want to become rock musicians.

“This movie wasn’t made for cynical middle-aged music critics, it was made for my daughter,” he says. “Or for the teenager down the street who’s trying to figure out how to start a band. When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight f****** hours with 800 people at a convention center and then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not f****** good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old f****** drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll f******* start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some s***** old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-a** s***, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a f****** computer or the Internet or The Voice or American Idol.”

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