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From Cradle to Stage Audiobook

From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars

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While the Grohl family had always been musical - the family sang together on long car trips, harmonizing to Motown and David Bowie - Virginia never expected her son to become a musician, let alone a rock star. But when she saw him perform in front of thousands of screaming fans for the first time, she knew that rock stardom was meant to be for her son. And as Virginia watched her son's star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children's fame? Did they worry about their children's livelihood and well-being in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children's passions despite the odds against success or attempt to dissuade them from their grandiose dreams? Do they remind their kids to pack a warm coat when they go on tour?

Virginia decided to seek out other rock star mothers to ask these questions, and so began a two-year odyssey in which she interviewed such women as Verna Griffin, Dr. Dre's mother; Marianne Stipe, Michael Stipe of REM's mother; Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse's mother; Patsy Noah, Adam Levine's mother; Donna Haim, mother of the Haim sisters; and Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys' mother.

With exclusive family photographs and a foreword by Dave Grohl, From Cradle to Stage will appeal to mothers and rock fans everywhere.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Virginia Hanlon Grohl (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    Sharon E. Schuhart WI 05-25-17 Member Since 2016

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    "great book"

    great job. I enjoyed it all and Dave at the end too. good listen thanks

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    Matt Haynie 05-20-17
    Matt Haynie 05-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous!"

    I loved every second!

    Virginia is the coolest mom ever! I wish I could hug her!! What a gem to be able to have a peek inside my favorite artists life. I hope more stories come forth.

    Bravo Virginia, bravo!!

    -Krissy Haynie

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    Kelly Wilder 05-18-17
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    "Enthralling and Entertaining"

    This book was a treat and I enjoyed listening to her tell the stories! She happens to interview my mom - Harriette Brown - and gave a great picture of exactly who she is and how our family worked! First Class Mrs. Grohl!

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    Bethmax 05-18-17
    Bethmax 05-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I absolutely loved this!"

    I was so sad to be near the end of this book, because I loved it so much. I did not want to stop! I found Virginia's writing eloquent & her voice mesmerizing. I also thoroughly enjoyed David's contributions to the book. Their love of music and each other was so obvious, that it made me want to be friends. I loved hearing about all the relationships of the musicians & their mothers. I HIGHLY recommend this - but especially the audio version!

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    Pamela Schwyzer 05-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful and extremely interesting!"

    Loved this book and it was way beyond what I thought it was going to be… I'm a huge fan of the Foo Fighters and Dave ... the stories of the other artists who I have also listened to are also so intriguing… Couldn't stop listening!

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    Sally A. Bacon Vista, Ca 05-07-17
    Sally A. Bacon Vista, Ca 05-07-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Mrs Grohl will you adopt me?!"

    I love Dave Grohl and I have always wondered about his upbringing and childhood. How did this amazing talent end up so seemingly sweet grounded and "normal". I wondered how he came to be this person. I now understand. The vignettes were sweet and endearing stories explaining how this bigger than life personality came to be. But this book also shed light on a side of music and artist we have never before even thought about. While so much focus is on the drama and behavior, good and bad of the stars we all recognize, hearing the truly heart warming and human stories of their mothers, the amazing lives they led prior to these magical beings they brought in this world was an amazing gift from Mrs Grohl. Her sweet voice made me feel like I was sitting in her living room having a conversation with her.
    The concept of this book is amazing and I am so glad she shared it with us! These were all stories that needed to be told! Moms are amazing! I hope I give my son half as much as these mothers have given theirs!

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    Lisa M 05-05-17
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    "Rock music fans with love this."

    The stories we're heartwarming and sincere. I truly enjoyed hearing about all these families that raised such incredibly talented children. I like the fact that the author, narrated the book. I think music fans, rock fans, well enjoy all the stories in the book, I know I did.

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    hioctanejewelry 05-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fellow Rock n Roll Mom Enjoyed"

    I loved many aspects of this book. I love knowing there are other Rock n Roll Mom's out there, they are hardly seen. I feel like the lone Mom at my Sons shows. I loved hearing fellow struggles and realities of band life. Music business feels like such a big mystery and there aren't really any mentors for young musicians. So many times it feels like you go along just blazing your own trail. Many stories made tears well up in my eyes. Absolutely loved it. Also enjoyed hearing about musicians I was not aware of. My son chose music in his middle school years and was an early talker too. Xoxo Hayden's Rock n Roll Mom

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    New York, NY United States 04-28-17
    New York, NY United States 04-28-17 Member Since 2016

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    "A must read/listen...."

    This book is a must read for parents of teen musicians! Not just for moms! Dad's should read/listen too! You will see glimpses of your our child and yourself in these stories.

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