Dave Grohl's SXSW Keynote: “The Musician Comes First”

In a funny, personal, F-bomb-laden keynote address at Austin's South By Southwest music conference this morning, Dave Grohl proselytized for the power of the musician's voice — and the importance of letting artists develop on their own.

Dressed in a plaid shirt, jeans, and wearing drug store reading glasses, Grohl outlined his own history with music, from the recording of the Edgar Winter Group's “Frankenstein” that inspired him to pick up the guitar to the solitary, caffeinated recording of the Foo Fighters' first album in the wake of Kurt Cobain's suicide.

Grohl called it “my musical life's greatest honor to be asked to share with you what I know about music. So what do I know? The musician comes first.”

“What matters most is that it's your voice,” he said, listing guitarists, street performers, and — conspicuously — laptops as vehicles for this voice, and saying that the “independence of the musician has been blessed by technology.”

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