Dave Grohl Keynotes At SXSW
March 15, 2013 at 6:39 AM (PT)
DAVE GROHL gave the keynote speech at SXSW in AUSTIN yesterday morning (3/14), and ROLLING STONE reports "The musician comes first" was the running theme of his talk. "GROHL dropped anecdotal wisdom and gave a lo-fi tutorial: he spoke fondly of his early exposure to 1980s WASHINGTON D.C. punk, recounted his rise to rock stardom in NIRVANA and rebirth with FOO FIGHTERS, and used multiple, primitive cassette recorders to demonstrate how he made his first one-man-band bedroom recordings as a child. He also delved into the experience of directing his recent documentary SOUND CITY and, ultimately, how all of this related to 'the human element of making music'."
You can watch the full speech, which was livestreamed by NPR, here.
GROHL mentioned last year's keynote honoree BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN before surprising the crowd by saying, "I have to thank EDGAR WINTER." ROLLING STONE notes he "recreated WINTER's quintessential instrumental prog anthem 'Frankenstein' via air guitar and onomatopoeia. There was a reason for it, however: Grohl told the crowd earnestly that the song's inclusion on a 1975 K TEL RECORDS BLOCKBUSTER compilation -- the first album he ever owned -- was 'the record that changed my life'."
Perhaps the most fun for GROHL was when he "ridiculed the entertainment industry's current barometers for talent, especially AMERICAN IDOL-style reality shows," writes ROLLING STONE. "Imagine BOB DYLAN singing 'Blowin' in the Wind' in front of CHRISTINA AGUILERA," he joked.