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Photos: Dave Grohl Delivers SXSW Music's Keynote Address

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News\
Dave Grohl spoke about the forces that inspired him to rock at South by Southwest Music today.

At Austin’s South by Southwest Music conference this morning, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl gave the annual keynote address.

Dismissing any state-of-the-industry somberness, Grohl offered his life story as a blueprint for kids who want to grow up playing music.

Grohl said his life was forever changed in the early 70’s, when he heard a record by Texas’ Edgar Winter Group: a song called “Frankenstein.”

“Interestingly enough, that song is completely instrumental,” Grohl said. “There’s no vocal.  But what I heard were voices.  The voices of each musician.  Their personalities.  Their technique.  The sound of people playing music with other people.  It made me want to play music with other people too. “

Grohl’s been using his week at SXSW to promote his new all-star film documentary spotlighting L.A.’s legendary Sound City studios. In an era of digital do-it-yourself music, Grohl keynote underscored that it’s the collaborative spark that still inspires. 

David entered radio journalism thanks to a love of storytelling, an obsession with news, and a desire to keep his hair long and play in rock bands. An inveterate political junkie with a passion for pop culture and the romance of radio, David has reported from bases in Washington, London, Los Angeles, and Boston for Monitor Radio and for NPR, and has anchored in-depth public radio documentaries from India, Brazil, and points across the United States and Europe. He is, perhaps, known most widely for his work as host of public radio's Marketplace. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to Texas full-time in 2005, Brown joined the staff of KUT, launching the award-winning cultural journalism unit "Texas Music Matters."
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