Read by Dave Grohl. Features excerpts from five never before heard demos performed by Dave Grohl and an original story exclusive to The Storyteller audiobook.
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 four hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to tell these stories just as I have always done, in my own voice. 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this utterly charming memoir, Dave Grohl shows us that, yes, he’s a stadium-level megastar, but he’s a fan first and foremost. From the moment of his adolescent introduction to punk, Grohl became a passionate do-it-yourself rocker, sleeping in a broken-down van for weeks during endless cross-country strings of club gigs. Joining an only slightly higher-profile band called Nirvana didn’t sound like much of a leap, but we know how that turned out. He doesn’t dwell on that era, jumping immediately from the trio’s fractious 1991 breakout tour to Kurt Cobain’s suicide three years later. From there, his tone becomes reflective and even more heartfelt, whether he’s talking about a memorable New Orleans night with Aussie hard rockers AC/DC or gushing over his daughters’ love of Joan Jett. Throughout all of his stories—especially when he’s recounting the time he broke his ankle onstage and then finished the gig—it’s easy to see that Grohl is a true believer in the power of rock. The audiobook features a handful of brief instrumentals as well as an incredibly sweet bonus story about being invited to the backstage VIP party after George Harrison’s memorial concert in 2002.
Excellent beyond words
Absolutely loved this book. So many parallels of appreciation to music I too remember timelines through music. I too make it a quest to broaden my children’s palate of music appreciation. I prefer this as an audiobook to hear his own personal experiences and expressions of love and happiness of his life within this world of music he IS WORTHY to be in shoulder to shoulder with the top tier caliber of musicians he’s so worked hard to achieve without intention but pure appreciation. Excellent read or audio
If you liked Dave Grohl before, you’ll love him after this book
Probably like most GenXers, I’ve been following Dave Grohl since Nirvana and had learned of his self taught musical skills probably in the mid to late 90s and have had mad respect for him since seeing him live with the Foo in the late 90s & early 2000s. He’s incredibly humbled in spite of his accomplishments and that never wears off on this book. Very entertaining, enlightening, relatable, down to earth recollection of what has made Dave the great musician and human he has become. I couldn’t stop listening to it once I started, great great book and the audiobook with his narration is even better. Great work Dave.