Hello! It’s time for another review, just because. I have set myself a goal of reading more nonfiction this year, and although I haven’t always been a fan, I decided to pick up Dave Grohl’s book and… Well, I’m about to tell you how it went.
- Publication date: October 5, 2021
- Age demographic: all ages
- Genre: nonfiction
So, I’ve written a book.
Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities (“It’s a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!”) I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I’ve recorded and can’t wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.
This certainly doesn’t mean that I’m quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it’s like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.
Like I said above, I didn’t always have a lot of love for Dave Grohl. Why? I honestly don’t know. Nirvana was never a band I enjoyed, and I was way too critical of both Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters, to give the man a go. Looking back, it definitely makes no sense, but once I make up my mind on something, it’s hard to change it.
Why did I pick up his book, then? Well, in the recent years I’ve been warming up to Dave Grohl. I have seen snippets of interviews with him in which he seemed really down to earth, and I even gave a few of his songs a good listen and had to admit they weren’t half bad. He’s a talented musician and a great dad. So, I’ve been thinking of picking up the book for a while, having access to it at work. It’s only a sad coincidence I read it at the time of the tragic passing of the Foo Fighters’ drummer.
It seems Dave Grohl isn’t only a great musician but also a very skilled writer. The book was hearfelt and honest. From the way Dave told his story, he really gave us insight into what kind of a person he is. And for many of us, people who are in love with music and see it as a great way of expressing ourselves, and for people who have always felt like they didn’t quite belong until they found their “scene”, it’s incredibly relatable. He’s a regular guy, even though life took him on a not so regular journey.
Parts of the book were heartbreaking, especially now, as Grohl lost yet another friend. The book pays homage to a lot of late musicians, as well as Dave’s best friend.
I loved learning about Grohl’s crazy life, his love for music and his family, all the mad encounters he’s had with his idols. The story was authentic and didn’t focus on gossip (which it definitely could), or anything that could provide with shock value, which I appreciated. It could have easily been yet another big rocker biography focusing purely on drinking, drugs and drama, but it wasn’t – because I guess Dave Grohl isn’t that kind of a guy, and I really really enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading!