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Dave Grohl has spent 20 years fronting the Foo Fighters and, before that, another four years serving as the drummer for Nirvana.

So his contacts list reads like a who’s who of rock — and recently, his network of friends extended to the White House.

For his HBO series “Sonic Highways,” Grohl, 45, reached out to hundreds of American musicians to help document the musical histories of eight cities across the country: Chicago; Washington, DC; Nashville; Austin; LA; New Orleans; Seattle; and, for Friday night’s series finale, New York.

But he also placed a call to the Oval Office, and much to his surprise, President Obama accepted Grohl’s offer to be interviewed.

“It was one of the greatest things that’s ever happened in my life,” Grohl tells The Post. While their entire 45-minute conversation isn’t used, one sequence in the New York episode features Obama musing on Bob Dylan’s influence and how “powerful(ly) the American story can be told through music.”

“My father was a political journalist and he passed away four months ago,” says Grohl. “Before he died, I went to the hospital and showed him a picture of me interviewing the president. The first thing he said was, ‘That’s not real!’ ”

But it was real, and on Friday night the world will see the commander in chief help round off Grohl’s impressively informative TV series. It’s no accident that the rocker-turned-documentary filmmaker left New York for last.

In the episode, airing at 11 p.m., he refers to Gotham as the “greatest city in America” and touches on the history of the Brill Building at Broadway and 49th, the Greenwich Village folk scene, punk, hip-hop and the independently run Magic Shop studio in Soho.

But Grohl doesn’t pretend that it’s an authoritative exploration. “You can’t tell the whole story of New York’s music history in an hour,” he says, “but you can tell a story.”

Some of the most compelling tales are told by Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, who recalls a young Dylan coming to the Guthrie household in Coney Island to see her father during the early 1960s. Nora — then not yet a teenager — initially refused to let Dylan see his hero because she was busy watching “American Bandstand” and learning how to do the locomotion. “Those things Nora told me that just blew my mind,” says Grohl. “If she hadn’t let him in, music would be very different now.”

The material that Grohl picked up during his interviews in each city also informed the eight tracks which make up the Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” album, which came out last month (and hit No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart). To mark the New York episode, the band are playing some of those songs during a rare club show at Irving Plaza on Friday night.

But those without tickets shouldn’t feel too disappointed, because the Foo Fighters are returning next summer to play Citi Field on July 16 — part of the band’s 20th-anniversary celebrations.

“We’ve got a lot of songs to choose from so we don’t even bother with encores any more — that just wastes time,” Grohl says, laughing.

“When you leave our show, you’ll feel like your head’s been rattled.”

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Published by Molten , 14.12.2014 at 16:01

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Rick Westly 14 December 14 20:20 The coolest guy in the music industry!! Text hided expand
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Marilynn May
Marilynn May 15 December 14 00:51 No doubt this is their most commercial sounding album yet. They've even got the TV show to accompany the album. I won't call them sell outs but they're certainly playing it very safe. Shame cause the last album had some balls. Text hided expand
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Kathreen Fender 15 December 14 18:21 Best song of their greatest musical experiment...and I say experiment for a reason, cause it is not a valid album to me... Text hided expand
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