The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl - Book Review by Susan Harris
These memories, from all over my life, are full of music, of course.
Standalone or series?
This is a standalone biography of the life and music of Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters
How did I get this book?
I purchased the hardcover edition.
Why did I choose to read this book?
Anyone who knows me, knows how much of a Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters fan I am and I was so excited to finally have the gospel according to Grohl in my possession so I could continue to preach the word of the Foo Fighters lol
And Now To The Review!
I'm not usually a big biography reader but I found Dave's stories entertaining, surprising and inspirational.
The book gives you an in depth look at how Dave went through live, from his early days to Nirvana, and to a chance sighting in the backass of nowhere in Kerry in Ireland with a Nirvana wearing hitchhiker that pushed him back to music after Kurt's death and essentially was the beginning of what would be the Foo Fighters.
“One day I was driving down this country road and I saw a hitchhiker in the middle of nowhere. And as I got closer, I realized that he was wearing a Kurt Cobain T-shirt,” he says. “And it was that moment that I decided, OK, I'm going to start over.”
The way Dave has written the book, it's easy to forget how much of a rock god he is and the reader gets to experience just how much of a music fan he is, and like any of us who might one day get to meet our music heroes, we get to read when he first met Paul McCartney, ACDC, Little Richard and even having Joan Jett read his daughters a bedtime story.
"For, in a world full of Barbie's, every girl needs a Joan Jett."
He talks candidly about the loss of Kurt Cobain, his best friend and his father, and you get to see just how much of an epic girldad he is. I loved all the behind the scenes little peaks at how normal a dad he was.... if you can call having family time with a Beatle normal that is.
My hero in the book has to be Dave's mom. I mean, there are not a lot of parents who would give their seventeen year old permission to leave school to become a rockstar and Dave's relationship with his mother, calling her his best friend, was one of the many heartwarming stories in the book.
I laughed and I cried reading the autobiography.
I'm a lover quotes from books and poems and there were a few the resonated with me while reading the book and I've shared some in this review.
This book is perfect for any music fans, even is you've never listened to Nirvana or The Foo Fighters.
(But you really should!)
I loved learning all about the life and times of Dave Grohl, and I always thought he was like the nicest guy in rock n' roll and now this book proves it!!
An Easy 5 Stars for me …but I'd read or listen to anything from Dave Grohl!
Melanie Here - The Code Word For This Article Is Rockstar
I have always measured my life in musical increments rather than months or years. My mind faithfully relies on songs, albums, and bands to remember a particular time and place. From seventies AM radio to every microphone I’ve stood before, I could tell you who, what, where, and when from the first few notes of any song that has crept from a speaker to my soul. Or from my soul to your speakers. Some people’s reminiscence is triggered by taste, some people’s by sight or smell. Mine is triggered by sound, playing like an unfinished mixtape to be sent.
Life is just too damn short to let someone else’s opinion steer the wheel