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This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl Paperback – 2 August 2017

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‘Grohl and his groups dissected with gumption.’ **** Mojo

‘Brannigan draws on his own interviews with Grohl, among others, to plot a compelling journey… ending with Foo Fighters headlining stadia. A big-hearted, fascinating read.’ Q

‘A rich history of recent pop music as it moves from punk and hard-core to grunge to indie bands’ New York Times

‘Impeccably-researched, thoroughly entertaining, and packed with rich new insights, This is a Call will enjoy a place among the absolute best music biographies of the past twenty years.’ LitReactor.com

‘A fascinating read… doesn’t skimp on entertaining anecdotes, juicy gossip or evidence of Grohl’s immense songwriting talent.’ Alternative Press

‘Brannigan not only offers a penetrating portrait of Grohl the man but also presents an indelible portrait of the American underground-rock scene.’ Booklist

‘Brannigan salutes a musician who’s surfaced, prosperous and sane, from the perils of an extended punk-rock adolescence that not all of his friends survived. Reverent and informative.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Dave Grohl’s tale covers so many bases after 30 or so years in the business that it takes a biographer of consummate skill to get it all down on paper without missing anything out. Fortunately, ex-Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan has what it takes…What lingers most is the expert way in which so many disparate slices of history are interlaced. After reading This Is a Call, you’ll know much more than you did before about the way that US hardcore merged into Seattle grunge, and how rock shed its skin in the 90s…It’s info such as that which makes this book essential.’ Record Collector

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Paul Brannigan has a professional relationship with Dave Grohl stretching back almost 15 years: "I would consider the two of us to be friends," Grohl told Brannigan when the pair last spent time together in Los Angeles. Brannigan is the former Editor of Kerrang! – the world's biggest weekly music magazine – and his writing on punk rock, grunge and hard rock have also appeared in the world renowned Q and Mojo magazines.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins GB (2 August 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0007391234
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0007391233
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
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‘Eruption’, Paul Brannigan’s acclaimed new biography of guitar hero Eddie Van Halen, is out now via Faber & Faber (UK) and Ullstein (GER, titled ‘Eddie Van Halen: Ein Leben’). In the US, it will be published by Permuted Press, titled ‘Unchained: The Eddie Van Halen Story’ on December 14.

“The game-changing guitar legend gets the biography he deserves… diligently researched, perceptive and well-written.” CLASSIC ROCK 8/10

“Affectionate and unflinching portrait of heavy metal’s Mount Everest… Paul Brannigan goes deep here, his detailed biography probing Van Halen’s psyche as well as his music.” MOJO 4 Stars

“Van Halen’s 1978 debut LP was, as former Kerrang! editor Brannigan puts it, the essence of teenage: ‘Fast cars and loose morals, cheerleaders, cheeseburgers and cocaine, Daisy Dukes, bikini tops, bongs and broken curfews’.” UNCUT 7/10

There’s also an updated 2021 edition of his best-selling Dave Grohl biography This Is A Call available, apparently...

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