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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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    Espie 06-09-17
    Espie 06-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good, but not great"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like musician biographies, go for it.


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    For her first book, its not awful, she has a nice pace and the chapter/story aren't that long and draw out.
    Every story followed the same formula - Mini Bio about the musician, mini bio on the mom, childhood together, maybe a fun story, closing update on what they are doing now. The formula works well, but some of the moms just weren't interesting. I can think of maybe two that stood out to me.

    The parts where Virginia talked about Dave was really fun. I wish this was more about her life with Dave and all the things she has seen on the road with small stories about other moms thrown in.

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    Monica H. 09-18-17
    Monica H. 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    didn't care for this book, it wasn't what i thought it would be about. it was boring !!!!!

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    tobias callaway st. louis, mo 09-17-17
    tobias callaway st. louis, mo 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lots of detail"

    There was too much detail for me which made the book go slow, and I had it sped up on my player. She did a good job doing all the research though.

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    Laura W Indianapolis, IN United States 08-26-17
    Laura W Indianapolis, IN United States 08-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Engaging Stories"
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    Really enjoyed the short stories about artists in a broad range of musical genres. Not just stories about them now or how they became famous, but about them growing up and about their families. Also I really liked the underlying thread about education and have recommended the book to several friends for that reason alone.


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    Radecca 06-28-17
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    "Powerful Mommy Inspiration"

    A wonderful tale woven with one mothers' experience to include other mothers' experiences to tell a tale to a grunge loving teen that has become a mother herself. Its nice to connect to my roots in a new light with new perspectives and gain insight into the bands I love so much from the 'folding chair on the side of the stage'. Excellent listen!

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    CallMeHarmon 06-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Big fan of Dave Grohl. Now I'm a big fan of his Mom. Well done!

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    Joy Bradway Fair Lawn, NJ United States 06-08-17
    Joy Bradway Fair Lawn, NJ United States 06-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible Narration"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dave Grohl and Virginia Grohl ?

    Dave's narration was fine... Virginia just seemed so tired and bored reading her own book. She wasn't "performing" like most audio narrators do.


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    Amazon Customer United States 06-01-17
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    "Good stories, great insight!"

    Interesting stories about rock stars and how their mothers managed the budding musicians. Mrs. Grohl does a fine job. It's fun to hear her try to keep from just gushing about her son, but she clearly admires the other musicians too. Love the conversation with David at the end. Great work mother Grohl!

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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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