From Cradle to Stage

From Cradle to Stage

Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars

Book - 2017
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Virginia Grohl, mother of Dave Grohl, had not seen any of it coming. Not the arenas of screaming fans, not Nirvana or the Foo Fighters, not the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and certainly not her son, Dave, performing with Sir Paul McCartney at The White House. Theirs had always been a life full of music-the family sang together on long car trips, harmonising to Motown and David Bowie. But when Virginia saw Nirvana play for the first time to crazed applause, she knew nothing would ever be the same. She was the mother of a rock star. Since then, Virginia often wondered about the mystical force that urges some of us to listen, to play, to surround ourselves with music. She wanted to talk about it with the other mothers whose sons and daughters were sharing stages with Dave, and she decided to seek them out wherever they were. So began a two-year odyssey, where she had conversations with women from all over the world. Among the mothers she's spoken to are: Carolyn Williams, Pharell Williams' mother Verna Griffin, Dr. Dre's mother Marianne Stipe, Michael Stipe of REM's mother Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse's mother Patsy Noah, Adam Levine's mother Donna Haim, mother of the Haim sisters Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys' mother. My son the rock star will appeal to mothers everywhere, but particularly to those with children who march (or play) to the beat of their own drum; and it's for those children who have their mothers to thank for everything. For music lovers, it's the ultimate backstage pass-for anyone who has wondered what it's like to be on the inside...looking out at a packed arena. Featuring an exclusive introduction by Dave Grohl, interviews are interwoven with the Grohl family story and the resultant book is a very intimate portrait of what makes a rock star.
Publisher: Coronet, an imprint Hodder & Stoughton, London : 2017
ISBN: 9781473639560
Branch Call Number: B 782.421660922 GROH
Characteristics: xv, 224 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Grohl, David


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Dec 27, 2018

I loved this book and I don’t usually read an autobiography. You don’t even have to like the guy to appreciate the book. Was written from a Mums perspective about her son, who just happens to be a rock star. Interesting reading from other Mums about their “kids”. Interesting seeing someone from their loved ones points of view. Haven’t come across this before

May 26, 2017

Normal for mother worry if their children will survive on the road to get success.
The children worry their mother tell embarrassing stories.
Great cross-section of musician mothers in all genres.
Darn! I couldn't find Dave Grohl dressed up as Amy Carter on the internet when he was a kid for a play.
However, I'm betting students & their parents scoured their photo albums on potential tabloid heaven & comedy gold!
Ditto somebody photoshopped Dave's childhood photo for unlikeliest most downloaded clothed photo.
Oh to be a fly on the wall on Virginia's grandchildren asking her on that story!

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