The #1 New York Times Bestseller * Named one of Variety's Best Music Books of 2021 * Included in Audible's Best of The Year list * A Business Insider Best Memoirs of 2021 * One of NME's Best Music Books of 2021
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.
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.
Sixteen-time Grammy-winner Grohl cranks the story of his life to full volume in this exciting debut chronicling his rock 'n' roll career. Growing up in the 1970s in the suburbs of Springfield, Va. a "Wonder Bread existence" Grohl followed the sound of drumming all the way to the stage, from jamming with friends in high school to playing in the D.C. hardcore punk band Scream, joining Kurt Cobain's Nirvana in 1990, and eventually fronting his band, the Foo Fighters. Grohl's uninterested in regaling readers with tales of backstage debauchery; instead, he candidly shares his reverence for the enduring power of music. As a teenager, he writes, it became his religion, "the rock stars my saints, and their songs my hymns." By the time he turned 22, he was traveling the world with Nirvana. After the shock of Cobain's 1994 suicide subsided, Grohl focused on the Foo Fighters and began touring internationally again, while raising three girls with his wife ("music and family intertwined"). Reflecting on his fame, Grohl writes, "I have never taken a single moment of it for granted." Paired with his sparkling wit, this humility is what makes Grohl's soulful story a cut above typical rock memoirs. There isn't a dull moment here. Agent: Eve Atterman, WME.
What an incredible book! Love it!
Great and entertaining read with lot of music history, funny moments, stories of life and friendships.
David Grohl lives his life like he is Forrest Gump and doesn’t realize what a great artist he is himself.
That Rock Lifestyle
This memoir was good not great, despite its being on multiple must-read listicles. What is interesting about it is the opportunity to hear the behind the scenes stories behind some of the biggest bands of my teenage years. What was missing is more of the details and meaning behind each song a la Dolly Parton’s recent memoir. Though I do appreciate the transparency on his relationship with Kurt Cobain and that period which was fraught with craziness.
One other disconcerting aspect is that Dave hops back and forth between periods a lot so you have to do some of the work to keep what’s happening straight. However, the book being non-linear may also be reflective of his personality as he tries to get across when he says he lets the universe have its way in his life. All in all, it added a lot of color to a high energy and interesting persona you only know from his music. The stories further highlight the eccentricities you would expect with a rock and roll lifestyle.
What we ultimately learn is that Dave Grohl is like the rock equivalent of Dolly Parton in how he bridges genres and a who’s who of music and society titans. The root of this connective energy is found in the theme carried all throughout the book. That being the connective power of music itself. The shared experience of the chorus of a song blasting over our car radios as we navigate a scorching summer. Or the reminiscing that is triggered when long forgotten tune pops up on your playlist. If this memoir is anything, it’s a great example of how the stories of our lives are inextricably linked to music.