Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
Date: March 15, 2011
This Movie plays Smells Like Teen Spirit
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth is a 2011 rockumentary about Foo Fighters, directed by filmmaker James Moll. The film documents the band's history, and gets its title from a track on the Foo Fighters' seventh studio album Wasting Light. The film includes material taken from over 1,000 hours of historical and new footage, and interviews with the current members of Foo Fighters, former bandmembers William Goldsmith and Franz Stahl, and producer Butch Vig. Frontman Dave Grohl has said the main inspiration for the film was the decision to record Wasting Light in the garage of his mansion in Encino, California – "Personally, I thought it would be a good idea to now tell the story of the last 16 years, so it would make more sense to watch us make a record in a garage. After selling out fucking stadiums and becoming this big rock band, why would you make a garage record? To me the first hour and 20 minutes of the movie is leading up to that moment." He also added that while the band "always believed a little mystery is important to rock’n’roll", he considered it was time to tell their story, and referencing the Tom Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream, "If we wait any longer, we're going to wind up with a four-hour-long documentary".