Friday, June 8, 2018

From Cradle to Stage

From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Hanlon Grohl  240 pp.

Virginia Grohl, mother and biggest fan of Foo Fighters founder and frontman, Dave Grohl interviewed the mothers of many popular musicians to find out what their lives were like bringing up their musical stars. The mothers she chose have children in the Pop, Country & Western, Rock, Rap & Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal genres. During these interviews virtually every parent discussed how their children were different from other children they went to school with and that almost every one of them had displayed musical talent and a desire to perform from a very young age. It is surprising how the stories told by the mothers were often so similar in spite of their financial circumstances, education level, and marital situation. Each one of them supported (with varying degrees of enthusiasm) their children's decisions to do what they loved and to tackle the difficulties of trying to make it big in the music industry. Some, like Kurt Cobain's and Amy Winehouse's mothers ultimately dealt with tragedy. Others, like Grohl herself, have enjoyed the success of their children's careers. Between the interviews with the mothers, Grohl has included "vignettes", stories of life with her son Dave before and after his fame. Bedsides those already mentioned the book includes the mothers and/or stepmothers of Michael Stipe, Tom Merello, Geddy Lee, Miranda Lambert, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Mike D, Josh Groban, Dave Matthews, Zac Brown, Gary Clark, Jr., Haim sisters, Warren Haynes, & Adam Levin. The audiobook is read by the author and includes a conversation between Virginia and Dave Grohl at the end.

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