01/31/2013 02:38 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2013

The Foo Fighter Who Saved Rock 'n' Roll - Features - Los Angeles Magazine

When Nirvana came down to L.A. to record Nevermind in 1991, nobody knew who we were, so our budget was pretty small. We picked a recording studio in Van Nuys called Sound City because it was cheap--and because it had a Neve 8028 sound board. Rupert Neve is an English electronics engineer--he's still alive and in his eighties--and his handmade, hand-wired analog recording consoles from the 1970s were famous for giving music a warm sound that was good for rock and roll.