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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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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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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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  • "carpb"
  • New York, NY United States
  • 04-28-17

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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rockin' mom

Great stories.!!!! You can tell Dave's mom was a teacher and a fantastic mom. Enjoyed her stories very much!!! Great for music lovers

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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

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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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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Excellent!

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

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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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great book

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