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‘The Smart Studios Story’ will explain trajectory of producer Butch Vig’s DIY punk studio into major-label recording hub

The trailer for a proposed documentary about Madison, Wisconsin’s Smart Studios features some famous faces: Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, and Butch Vig, the producer and Garbage member who cofounded the studio in the early Eighties. Each share stories about how the studio, located in a remote part of the music world, became the birthplace of such notable albums as Nirvana‘s Nevermind, Smashing PumpkinsGish and Fall Out Boy‘s Take This to Your GraveThe Smart Studios Story is seeking funds on Kickstarter; so far it has received $25,000 in pledges, but it has a way to go before it reaches its proposed $120,000 goal by March 30th.

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If funded, the documentary will tell the story of how Vig and fellow Garbage-man Steve Marker founded Smart Studios, transitioned from recording albums by punk groups like Killdozer to major-label offerings like Death Cab for Cutie‘s Plans and Narrow Stairs albums and closed its doors for good in 2010. Artists who have sat for interviews in the doc include Shirley Manson, L7’s Donita Sparks, Death Cab’s Chris Walla, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, as well as members of Killdozer, Die Kreuzen, Bongzilla, Young Fresh Fellows and more.

Funding rewards include dinner with Vig and Marker, autographed posters and various skull caps. If all goes as planned, the doc would be available by October 2015.

“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,” Grohl said in the video.

“It’s pretty fascinating when you think of Smart Studios, all the magic moments that happened in basically this little shithole,” Corgan said.

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