In the second half of “This Is a Call,” the forthcoming biography of Dave Grohl written by the British journalist Paul Brannigan, the narrative shifts completely and some new motifs emerge. That shift comes after the violent end of Nirvana, in which Mr. Grohl played drums, loudly and elegantly; it’s when the book becomes the story of the Foo Fighters, the band Mr. Grohl started in 1994 and built into a major work of commerce.
One motif is the word “dude.” Mr. Grohl and the musicians around him are duding each other all over the place, in moments of tension or ambition… There’s also the notion of arriving, as in “I’ve finally arrived.” In the book, the Foo Fighters seem to be finally arriving about once a year, usually in or around an arena…
“You know, we were driving here in the van today,” he told the audience [Monday night at the Izod Center], “and I saw something I’d never seen before.” He described fans with six-packs and coolers, grilling meat in the parking lot. “And I was like: Oh my God, I’ve arrived. People are tailgating at my rock show.”
Still hear new things almost every time I put it on. Four-and-a-half years of listening; weeks at a time when I can’t bear to listen to anything else. I want to observe it at every point on Earth, at every time of the day, consider how the light plays off its infinite facets. I want this to be the last thing I ever hear. So deeply considered, so accessible, so personal, so expansive. All the adjectives, all of them. This is what perfection sounds like.
"Scott [Z. Burns] and I were about to go into meet with Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher to close the deal to make a movie about Leni Riefenstahl. They had the Stephen Bach book, which is very good. Scott and I had a really, really interesting take on this, like a very radical interesting take on how to do this, and we were supposed to meet to talk about the pitch, like ‘Here’s what we are going to do.’ And suddenly I go, ‘I don’t want to do this. Nobody is going to go see this.’ I go, ‘We are going to spend twenty-eight million bucks and two years of our lives, and nobody is going to want to see this, not even our friends. I’m not going to do it. I’ve done that. I don’t want to do that again. I’m too old.’ I literally said [to Burns], ‘What else have you got?’ And he goes ‘I want to do an ultra-realistic pandemic film.’ I said, “Let’s go pitch that instead,’ and that’s what we did." — Steven Soderbergh