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Lovely collection of stories about the different musicians mothers and the musicians themselves. An interesting read on childhood development and the importance of music and some very poignant moments. Most of all a very sweet tribute from Dave Grohl's Mum to a son she loves and who he clearly adores back.
An excellent peep behind the curtains into the background of some of the biggest names in contemporary music, from the perspective of their Mums'. But this is not an, ah, isn't that sweet, multi-biog. It is rather a fascinating insight. Well worth reading.
Essential reading for budding musicians, and especially for reluctant parents, as former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters' founder-guitarist, Dave Grohl's mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, shares her first-hand experience of raising her family and her son, Dave, resulting in a change in her scepticism to her son's success. Mrs. Grohl also interviews the mothers of Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, among other musicians cutting across several genres, and finds a remarkable thread between them, culminating in the platinum-selling - and global - success of their respective child. This book certainly deserves to be considered as a collectors' item!
I found this book to be a gem. Ms. Grohl's interviews with Mothers of musical stars gives a very much different look at what it is that makes for a rock (or other genre) star a success. In all cases, the mothers did everything they could to assist in making their child's career choice possible. One consistent theme is that schools need to do a better job in providing programs that give children with an impulse for the arts an opportunity to express themselves. Most of the subjects of this book (not the mothers - the kids) had difficulty with schooling in general, and not because they were anything less than brilliant. They are brilliant, but not in a "conventional" sense.
The one overriding theme throughout the book is that Virginia Grohl unequivocally loves her son David.