Book: Dave Grohl the Storyteller Tales of Life and Music
Author: Dave Grohl
My Rating: 5 Rock Fists
As this is posted, I’m probably walking through the rock and roll hall of fame. I’ve been a Foo Fighters fan since childhood, and on October 30 they’re being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The release of Dave’s book so close to his band’s induction is the perfect crossover of my two of my favorite things: music and literature.
Normally, nonfiction is not my jam, y’all. But after I finished this book, I had major book hangover. I wouldn’t classify this as a typical “memoir” but more like Dave Grohl just telling cool stories. Some of my favorites were Dave getting a DUI in Australia, Paul McCartney playing piano with Dave’s daughter, and having dinner/dancing with AC/DC.
I thought overall the love that Dave and his mother share was a major theme throughout the book, and it was unexpectedly heartwarming. And so many of his stories were “right place, right time” moments, that I’m tempted to say he’s the luckiest guy on the planet. But that would take away from all of his hard work and sacrifice which is also evident throughout. The dichotomy of Dave choosing to take risks vs. being in the right place at the right time really stood out to me. Life is a bit of both for all of us I think.
I truly loved this book. I loved that Dave Grohl made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t take any of his success for granted. I loved that the last portion of the book was a love letter to his children and how much he loves fatherhood. I loved that he took the time in the end to appreciate everyone who has helped him achieve his dreams. Lots of memoirs (especially rockstars) come across as out of touch, but this one was completely down to eart. Not to mention wildly entertaining. I highly recommend if you’re a fan of Nirvana, the Foo Fighters, or just Rock and Roll in general. Just keep in mind it is a book by a rockstar, so there is language and talk of drug use occasionally.
Krystle Goodman is a crazy cat lady, who loves to drink exorbitant amounts of coffee, and read a shocking amount of books. She lives in Benton with her husband Josh, her son Roman, and their two cats Roxanne and Abby. When she isn’t reading, you’ll find her cooking, painting, or watching true crime shows. Watch for Krystle’s book reviews every other Friday. Send fanmail to: [email protected]
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