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I’m a Dave/Foos/Nirvana fan. So I’m the target audience, for sure. In saying that, I found this a great document of Dave’s journey and really liked the examination of the 80’s DC punk scene in general and Dave’s place in it, as the scene was waning. While I’m sure some will consider this a softer look at Dave and avoids being salacious or muck raking, it feels largely honest and not something thrown together as a cash in.
Interesting book that goes through his whole musical career from Nirvana to The Foofighters and everything in between. Lots of background as to what was going on for him at key points in his life, what influenced his music and his career choices. Definitely made me see some of the music in a new light.
A very good read and very informative of Dave Grohl a true lover of music and incredible multi talented musician. Points out the true dedication and heart he put in to his love of music and his admiration of past groups that influenced him. It also points out the problems of finding the right musician and recording studios. Also the problem of drugs ruing peoples lives. If you are a grunge or punk fan this is for you. My taste was always stuck in the 60s to 70's rock, blues, folk and progressive era and regret not keeping up to date with the later stuff the heavy metal punk grunge etc that my son is in to. I will also recommend watching the Sound City documentary that was shown on BBC4 and hope they will repeat it. I agree with him analogue recording is a true way of recording and not the cheating digital way. For those fans Dave Grohls friends, family and fans I salute and regret not being aware of a hard working genius. I hope one day when I am a healthier pensioner I can see him performing and enjoy mixing with his fans. Please buy this masterpiece of a biography.
I can't remember how I came across this book but I read the sample and it seemed fairly interesting. I like a good Foo tune and the like and I really admire Dave Grohl's hair (Silkience and Pantene adverts aren't a patch on a Foo video) so I downloaded the rest and set to reading it.
The wealth of detail can be confusing for the uninitiated but it's worth persevering. Whether the reader gets to know Dave Grohl or not only the man himself could say but we feel like we do. The net result is that I no longer feel obliged to buy any Nirvana cds, although I'm sure I bought a tape of theirs years ago and promptly deliberately lost it to a friend because it didn't really inspire me, whereas when I first heard Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace through noise cancelling headphones on a Virgin Upper Class flight to LA it just blew me away.
It was nice to be able to put everything into context.
Dave Grohl has experienced and achieved so much that we all know about. This book, however, tells the bigger story. His early years and growing up with a love and desire of punk rock. His transformation into a hard-hitting drummer who stole the limelight from his band mates and, of course, Nirvana. Yet what shines through is that here is someone who has talent and drive and is still true to his core beliefs, in spite of his wealth and fame. The sort of guy you'd love to meet down the pub. And yes, he'd buy you a beer and have a chat!
This is a great book. Well written, informative, and a great insight into the rock God that is Dave Grohl. I must reread this book about once every year or so. Can't wait to see the new chapters for 2021.