‘The Storyteller’ – Dave Grohl

As a fan of Dave Grohl, this is a book that I have been looking forward to for years. I loved his Mothers book ‘From Cradle to the Stage’, and have always hoped that Dave Grohl would write a book like this. The author has managed to tell some of the lesser known or completely unknown stories of his life while managing to avoid certain controversial subjects.

The name of the book is perfect because Dave Grohl is a great storyteller, any interview with him is entertaining, as he has a certain energy, an appreciation, gratitude and joy for every facet of his life that seeps through the pages of this book. This book is not laid out like a normal autobiography, in so far as, it doesn’t follow a linear fashion. The Author has made it clear that he and his publishing team would decide on what stories they wanted to tell and that is why this is a collection of short stories rather than a traditional narrative autobiography.

There are a lot of highlights to be in the stories in this book, in particular, I love the Joan Jett story, the one about the after award ceremony dinner, as well as the one that explains the effect of playing for President Obama had on the author and band.

One of the main messages from this book is that the Author is still amazed by the opportunities and experiences that his life has offered him. This is one of those books where I had to portion my time with it, as the temptation was to read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting. I was delighted to hear Dave Grohl say in an interview that this was his first book, so guess who needs more bookshelf space for Dave Grohl books? The way he and his team have designed this book means that there could be a lot of books to come.

I can understand why he wants to put his voice out into the public about his life, as I have read a couple of other books on him and Foo Fighters, and it makes sense that he would want to put out his version of his life, in an effort to keep some control over imaging.

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