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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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love the foo fighters

easy read. his mom did a wonderful job. all the interviews were interesting. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Loved this book.

I was an early Musician. Played 6 instruments professionally, to pay my way through college. However I was totally dependent on the written page and was always amazed how others were able to play, without it. Loved his book

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  • Sandy
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This narrator sounds beleaguered.

I learned a lot about the biographies of the moms of famous musicians. while I expected to learn more about patenting creative kids, I did come to understand that kids who grow into popular artists are often driven by their gifts and parents have to step aside.

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  • AJ
  • 06-08-18

It rocks! Have a gifted teen; this read is for you

This is an amazing book to read. So many wonderful things to say about it-how do you do it without writing a dissertation! I probably will. First, it felt like I was getting advice from family. You feel like even though you've not met Virginia and Dave, you have met them personally. Virginia has the wonderful ability to make you feel like you're sitting next to her listening to all the stories. And with Dave's interludes, not only did I laugh my butt off, I questioned if I have a male doppelganger out there! I've been puzzled how to handle my son's talents. He decided a year ago (2017) that he wanted to learn to play the bass guitar. He rigged the acoustic guitar he got for Christmas at the age of 3 and started to play. In less than 6 months he bought a cheap Walmart bass and was in a band playing the electric guitar and the drums as well. So I knew there was something super special about him. He's always been an old soul in a young body. Very mature for his age... and very driven...with music. But music has been a constant in his life, mainly rock/metal. He got it honestly. This book really spoke to my current situation. His band (just 2 guys), wrote music, recorded and produced 11 songs one year to the date of forming the band. O'freaking amazing! Where do I go from here...well I plan to read the book again with a different perspective and hope I can foster his dream as Virginia did with Dave. The Grohl family "literally" rocks! Thank you Virginia!

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A treasure trove of tales from rock moms.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they are a fan of contemporary rock, Dave Grohl, the growth of grunge, or just curious to know what some of the industry's most influential musicians were like as kids.

What was one of the most memorable moments of From Cradle to Stage?

The post 9-11 segment on the tour bus, tied with Dave Grohl attending the daddy daughter dance in LA from Australia.

Which character – as performed by Dave Grohl and Virginia Grohl – was your favorite?

Both, great chemistry and very real.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It confirmed my continued contributions to support this band by attending their concerts and buying their music and DVD's. Not only is it great music, but they are also good people, doing good things, from families like the ones next door!

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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.