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(audio) Book Thoughts: The Storyteller (Dave Grohl)

I think Dave Grohl must be my spirit animal


Title: The Storyteller
Author/Narrator: Dave Grohl
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir / Music
First published: 2021
Edition: Audio book

So, I’ve written a book. This certainly doesn’t mean that I’m quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it’s like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.” 


Listening to this audio book was a real pleasure and the fact that I felt like he was actually telling me these stories himself surely added greatly to the experience.

Although I like the Foo Fighters and Nirvana, I am not a huge fan of either. I am, however, a fan of Dave Grohl as a person. To me he always comes across incredibly genuine and after reading this: Yes, Mr Dave Grohl, you would absolutely be on my dream-dinner-guests-list.

This memoir only confirmed to me that Dave Grohl is just like me: a massive music geek. He just happens to be one with a shit ton of talent as well. I loved his stories as he took me, the reader/listener, through his childhood, through his career with the Foos, Nirvana and Scream, and to meet the people and places that have been important to him throughout his life. The narrative is not always linear. In fact, as in real conversation, one story leads into a memory of another time another place, and so forth. I really enjoyed the casual feel this brought.

At one point Dave explains how much music means to him and as I was listening I was nodding so hard I thought my head would fall off, because yes, Dave, music is absolutely my religion too.

This was simply a joy and certainly one of the top favourite music memoirs I have read. I would highly recommend this one, even if you’re not a fan of his bands. After all, he’s just a music fan, and just a parent, like me. Just a little more awesome.

7 out of 7 stars

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