‘WHAT DRIVES US’ DIRECTED BY DAVE GROHL, PRODUCED BY FOO FIGHTERS OUT TODAY
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE NOW STREAMING EXCLUSIVELY ON THE CODA COLLECTION VIA PRIME VIDEO CHANNELS IN THE U.S. AND ON PRIME VIDEO IN SELECT GLOBAL MARKETS
Featuring Interviews with Ringo Starr, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, St. Vincent, Slash and Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, U2’s The Edge, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Exene Cervenka of X, and Many More
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“A surprisingly emotional documentary about the power of live music and the pain of its absence.” – Associated Press
“Absolutely worth the ride” – Decider
“At its core this is a film about seeking adventure – and just how brilliant it feels when you find it” – NME
“There’s a giddy thrill to seeing old footage of St. Vincent, X, No Doubt, Fugazi, Metallica, and others during the earliest stages of their careers” – AV Club
“Grohl reminds us of the transcendent, transformative power of live music on both sides of the stage and makes the itch to get back in the pit that much more tantalizing.” – Consequence
“Dave Grohl’s love letter to live music will reignite your rockstar dreams” – Evening Standard
“Dave Grohl’s star-studded love letter to life on the road has us craving the return of live gigs” – Classic Rock
“A warm reflection on the unique phenomenon of unity through music” – Blunt Magazine
The feature-length documentary film WHAT DRIVES US, directed by Dave Grohl and produced by Foo Fighters, is now available to stream in the U.S. exclusively on The Coda Collection — a unique, subscription streaming offering featuring an exclusive, curated selection of iconic music documentaries, concert films, and episodic series via Prime Video Channels, paired with a complementary website exploring new perspectives on music. WHAT DRIVES US is also available outside of the U.S. via Prime Video in select global markets at no additional cost to the Prime membership (full list below). To stream WHAT DRIVES US and learn more about the film, click HERE.
To celebrate the release of WHAT DRIVES US, Grohl appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week to discuss the film and deliver a special performance of X’s “Nausea” with his daughter Violet, Nirvana co-founder and bass player Krist Novoselic, Slayer and Misfits drummer Dave Lombardo, and acclaimed producer Greg Kurstin. Watch now HERE.
In addition to being available via a subscription to the Coda Collection on Prime Video Channels in the US, WHAT DRIVES US is available on Prime Video at no additional cost to the membership in the following countries: Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Austria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Belize, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Paraguay, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, and South Africa.
“This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music,” said Dave Grohl. “What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of ‘why?’ What drives us?’”
WHAT DRIVES US is an homage to the moment in every musician’s life when their commitment is tested and their desire to play music for others becomes an almost irrational act of blind faith. The first step to prove to yourself and the world that you belong is to load up your instruments, your talent and your courage, and get in the van to take your music to the world — a true rock and roll rite of passage. The documentary is also a tribute to every young kid who dreams of a life playing music. Dave was that kid. As were Ringo Starr, The Edge, Annie Clark, Steven Tyler, Ian Mackaye and everyone in between. The list goes on forever. While they all have stories — outrageous, unbelievable, insane, as well as poignant stories — they all share a common bond. At some point, before anyone knew their name, they had an unstoppable drive to share their music with the world. Their passion led them to leave everything behind, throw caution to the wind, and chase their dream.
WHAT DRIVES US follows young bands RadKey and Starcrawler who are taking on the world one town at a time, while also telling stories of the biggest artists in the music industry, recalling the romance and adventure, as well as the insanity and chaos, of their own time on the road. The film explores what it takes to turn a van into a home, and how the tricks of this trade have been handed down through the decades. There was a time before the digital age when players had to take the music to the people one show, one overnight drive, one dilapidated little club at a time. While the world has changed, the rite of passage has not. There is no other first step on the path to making it in music. You have to get in the van.
The film features interviews with an array of iconic figures spanning eras and genres, including: Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, Pat Smear, Ringo Starr, Flea, Brian Johnson, St. Vincent, Slash, Duff McKagan, Ben Harper, The Edge, Mike Watt, Ian Mackaye, Starcrawler, RadKey, Exene Cervenka, Tony Kanal, DH Peligro, Charlie Gabriel, Jennifer Finch, Dave Lombardo, Kira Roessler, Pete Stahl, Lars Ulrich, and Steven Tyler.
A Roswell Films / Therapy Studios production, WHAT DRIVES US was directed by Dave Grohl, produced by John Ramsay, James A Rota, Mark Monroe, and Foo Fighters, and edited by Dean Gonzalez. Jessica Young was the director of photography and Brandon Kim was the sound designer and mixer.
The Coda Collection features a highly curated library of the most sought-after concert films, music documentaries, episodic series, and more — bringing music’s untold stories to life and deepening the connection between fans and artists. The Coda Collection offers hundreds of hours of exclusive concert and documentary content from artists ranging from such legendary icons as Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones to contemporary premieres of new material by such diverse artists as Evanescence, Billy Strings, and Jane’s Addiction.
The Coda Collection’s acquisition of Dave Grohl’s WHAT DRIVES US signals the arrival of the new global home for the best music-centric original content and storytelling. The Coda Collection is available to Prime members in the U.S. now for $4.99 per month, with a free 7-day trial via Prime Video Channels, and will roll out globally throughout the rest of 2021. To see the complete library of titles available to stream exclusively on The Coda Collection and explore new perspectives on the artists and performances surrounding the most iconic moments in music, visit www.codacollection.co.
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ABOUT DAVE GROHL:
Dave Grohl has been one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international music scene since his recorded debut with Nirvana on 1991’s generation-defining Nevermind. Grohl took center stage with Foo Fighters’ 1995 self-titled debut, the first album in a massive 12-Grammy-winning catalogue, including the band’s most recent release Medicine at Midnight (2021). Grohl has a well-earned reputation as a prolific collaborator through his work with Paul McCartney, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age, late legends David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister, as well as Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Elton John, Nine Inch Nails, Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen, to name a few.
In 2013, Grohl made his debut as a feature director/producer with the acclaimed documentary Sound City about the Van Nuys CA studio where Nirvana recorded Nevermind in 1991, which would sell more than 30 million copies and transform the modern musical landscape. Premiering to unanimous raves at Sundance and achieving a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, Sound City focused both on the history of the legendary studio and on the ongoing fight to preserve the human element of music. Grohl also directed the eight-part HBO docuseries Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, which premiered in October 2014 and went on to win two of the four Emmys for which it was nominated (outstanding sound mixing for nonfiction programming and outstanding sound editing for nonfiction programming).
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