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Published: 2014/03/07

Dave Grohl, Butch Vig and Billy Corgan Talk Smart Studios

The forthcoming documentary about Smart Studios features the likes of Dave Grohl, producer Butch Vig and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, among others. Vig, famed producer and member of Garbage, co-founded the studio in the early ’80s alongside fellow Garbage bandmate Steve Marker. The film. Take This to Your Grave: The Smart Studios Story, chronicles the creation of the Madison, WI studio and the subsequent birthplace of notable albums such as Nirvana’s Nevermind and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish.

Although the studio closed its doors in 2010, modern-day bands such as Death Cab for Cutie and Against Me! also have work credited to Smart Studios.

Dave Grohl, who worked with Vig during his time in Nirvana as well as with Foo Fighters, said, “Butch was one of the first producers to come out of the underground that really wanted to turn your noisy garage band into something that the whole world would love.”

In order for the movie to see the light of day, it must raise $120,000 by March 30. A Kickstarter has been created to raise money, with funding rewards including dinner with Butch Vig and Steve Marker as well as production credits, autographed items and studio memorabilia. The Smart Studios Story, if funded, will be released in October of 2015.

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