Movies You Have Not Seen But Should: Foo Fighters: Back & Forth


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Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

Welcome back to Movies You Have Not Have Seen But Should. This week we will look at the 2011 documentary Foo Fighers: Back and Forth.

This documentary looks at the history of the rock and roll band Foo Fighers. The band’s history is a pretty interesting one and starts before in the roots of another epic band, Nirvana. Dave Grohl was a drummer in the grunge band that had such a tremendous impact in music in the early 1990s. However, that all changed with the death of Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain in 1994. This rocked the music world as a whole and particularly Grohl.

In the aftermath, Grohl had offers to play with different bands. However, he wanted to record his own music. He ends up recording a demo that becomes hot among the music industry. He ends up forming a band to play with him. That band becomes known as the Foo Fighters. The initial roster of the band included several from the defunct punk band Sunny Day Real Estate (Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith) and a guitarist (Pat Smear) who was a part of the band that toured with Nirvana.

The film continues on and documents the highs and lows of the band. It shows the tremendous success the band accomplished in the late 90s and throughout the 2000s. It also shows the turnover that took place with the band. Several original members left and were replaced and the band continued on along. The film doesn’t shy away from the tough discussions as it includes interviews with former members of the band as well as the current members.

As well as telling the story of the band, the film also gives a behind the scenes look at the band recording what became the album Wasting Light. The album was recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage and was done old school doing analog recording (then was updated to stereo in post-production).

The title of the documentary comes from a song from Wasting Light. The film was directed by James Moll. Moll is an Academy Award winning director for his work on the documentary The Last Days. He also won an Emmy for producing the documentary Survivors of the Holocaust as well as one for directing the film Inheritance. Back and Forth debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX on March 15th, 2011. It then was released in theaters on April 5th, 2011. The documentary would go on to win the Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video.

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Amazon Instant Streaming. If you’re a fan of the Foo Fighters you’ll enjoy this documentary. If you’re a fan of documentaries, you’ll enjoy this one. It’s an entertaining and pretty honest documentary. It’s a great documentary that you may not have seen, but you should.

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