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From Cradle to Stage

Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars
Narrated by: Dave Grohl, Virginia Grohl
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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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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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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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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  • "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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Awesome Listen

What amazing stories told by an amazing mother! I love that she covered many genres and types of music!

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Reading it again. It fills my heart.

Incredible! As the mother of a future Rockstar, now 16 and with so many of our life events and experiences being paralleled, I just couldn't put this book down! Thank you for Virginia for sharing these wonderful stories. You made me laugh, cry, imagine, and dream. Your words drew such vivid pictures that I felt like I could share in some of your, or other mothers moments with pride, appreciation and love. I know my son would also really like your book as well, knowing that the kind of life he lives, and plans to live has been the story of so many others. Solidifying his unwavering goal of playing live, large, and soon. But it would probably escalate our conversations about dropping out of school! If anyone needs an energetic and committed lead guitarist for their tour, he's ready and available❤🤘🏻

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Very entertaining<br />

Nicely written stories from mothers of some really talented rock stars., I would recommend this book.
LOVED IT!

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Rocking insights

What a lovely set of looks inside the childhoods of Rock states and the influence of families, circumstances, and most of all, moms. So entertaining and thought provoking!

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Virginia is an Awesome Rock & Roll Mom!

I Loved this book! I got to party back stage with Dave a few times before they became Huge, so it was really interesting listening to Miss Virginia talk about her Rocker Mom life as well as other Amazing Rock Star Moms! Plus Virginia and Dave are the Narrators!

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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