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So, I've written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales So, I've written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child. This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.


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So, I've written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales So, I've written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child. This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.

30 review for The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa of Troy

    Perfect for anyone who loves music or emotional intelligence! Before you do anything, open YouTube and type in "Dave Grohl Plays Nirvana NYC 2021." This book spoke to me as a music lover. When I was in middle school, I was given a choice: a radio or TV. Of course, we were too broke to afford cable TV so the choice was easy: radio! I must have listened to Slide by the Goo Goo Dolls at least 2,000 times. The Storyteller was an extremely entertaining memoir where Dave's love of music shines and shin Perfect for anyone who loves music or emotional intelligence! Before you do anything, open YouTube and type in "Dave Grohl Plays Nirvana NYC 2021." This book spoke to me as a music lover. When I was in middle school, I was given a choice: a radio or TV. Of course, we were too broke to afford cable TV so the choice was easy: radio! I must have listened to Slide by the Goo Goo Dolls at least 2,000 times. The Storyteller was an extremely entertaining memoir where Dave's love of music shines and shines through. Dave strolls through his childhood and his days in the business, primarily with Scream, Nirvana, and the Foo Fighters. Although Dave never mentions it, he is simply a master in emotional intelligence. He spent years touring in a van with numerous other bandmates. If I had to tour in a van, I would not last more than 24 hours. Recently, there was a lawsuit filed by the baby on the cover of Nirvana's most famous cover (now a man in his 30's) who is claiming that he was taken advantage of and would like the cover to be altered (despite the fact that he has reenacted the cover scene many times and has stated that he didn't really do anything for Nirvana). When Dave Grohl was asked what he thought, "I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover but we'll see what happens. We'll let you know. I'm sure we'll come up with something good. I think there is much more to look forward to and much more to life than getting bogged down in those kinds of things." This guy is a rock star just for saying that! Instead of cutting this freeloader down to size, he went positive and said that he has a lot of creative ideas. How cool is that?! The Storyteller had me laughing out loud often. I never even knew who Dave Grohl was before reading this book so you don't have to know who he is to enjoy it. For this book, I practiced immersion reading (listening to the audio while following along in a printed copy). The audiobook was read by Dave Grohl himself. He has an incredible rich voice that was a pleasure just to listen to. There is also about 10 minutes of bonus material in the audiobook that was not in my Kindle version. Overall, a must read if you really love music! Rock on!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meike

    After listening to this audiobook, I love Dave Grohl even more - how is that fucking possible?! His memoir is full of warmth, humor, absorbing behind-the-scenes stories of rock'n'roll adventure, heartbreak and mischief, and, yes spirituality, but not of the esoteric kind, but of the "music, friends and family are my religion"-conviction. While other rock stars spend their careers trying to build elaborate badass images, Grohl is like "my mom is my best friend, and my daughter taught me the names After listening to this audiobook, I love Dave Grohl even more - how is that fucking possible?! His memoir is full of warmth, humor, absorbing behind-the-scenes stories of rock'n'roll adventure, heartbreak and mischief, and, yes spirituality, but not of the esoteric kind, but of the "music, friends and family are my religion"-conviction. While other rock stars spend their careers trying to build elaborate badass images, Grohl is like "my mom is my best friend, and my daughter taught me the names of all Disney princesses; and oh, I partied with Pantera, played a stadium rock show with a smashed leg and, you know, changed the landscape of rock with two of the biggest bands ever to exist on this planet. Now let me tell you about my friend Tom Petty. Isn't life wild?" Grohl seems like an extremely hard-working, humble, intelligent guy who has never fallen into the trap of rockstar kayfabe, he is not chasing the idea of a public persona that is created in other people's minds, and you have to admire him for his zero-fucks-given attitude. He also refrains from ventilating gossip or attacking people who wronged him, and some parts of the text suggest how Grohl tends to overcome setbacks: E.g., his infamous phase of drinking and depression after Kurt's passing is mostly turned into a kind of rebirth, an episode in which he decided to take a new leap - which certainly isn't wrong, but you could probably frame the whole thing very differently. But Grohl didn't - and his determination is probably key to his achievements. This memoir mostly remains upbeat, intending to inspire, and there's nothing wrong with it, but it also means that aspects like the difficult dynamics in Nirvana remain enigmatic and key personal turning points like Grohl's divorce are hardly mentioned. Did this take away from my enjoyment of the book? Not at all. This guy is a rock'n'roll unicorn, and I could listen to him for days.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Kudos to Dave Grohl for keeping it classy and crafting a memoir that exudes his appreciation for the musical life he’s lived without resorting to titillating gossip and scandalous revelations. The Storyteller is a collection of the Foo Fighters front man’s reminiscences that will delight music lovers, Gen-Xers, and readers who just love honest self portraits written with eloquence. Even as someone with a pretty neutral take on the guy, I hung on every word. I picked the book up not because I lov Kudos to Dave Grohl for keeping it classy and crafting a memoir that exudes his appreciation for the musical life he’s lived without resorting to titillating gossip and scandalous revelations. The Storyteller is a collection of the Foo Fighters front man’s reminiscences that will delight music lovers, Gen-Xers, and readers who just love honest self portraits written with eloquence. Even as someone with a pretty neutral take on the guy, I hung on every word. I picked the book up not because I love Nirvana or Grohl or grunge, but because it’s said to be a great read. And I’m here to confirm… it is. Don’t expect to learn new details about Kurt Cobain’s death or anything tawdry like that. Do expect to listen to how much Dave Grohl loves his mom, being a dad, playing onstage with friends and famous rockers, and just generally living life. The storyteller, indeed. 4.5 stars Blog: https://www.confettibookshelf.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Char

    If you listen to this, (and you must listen to it) make sure you keep listening after the credits. This is a phenomenal, inspiring book, that brought me to tears several times. Dave Grohl is an energetic, committed, hardworking mofo that loves his mom. If you’re a fan, you’ll love him even more, if you’re not, let this serve as a primer on how to never give up. All the stars! *Thanks to my local library for the free audio download. Libraries RULE! *

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Mr Dave Grohl is most certainly a Storyteller, and each story he shares is a journey through music history. Captivating from start to finish. He describes his childhood and teen years in Virginia, where he first learnt to play the drums with only one lesson, practicing with pillows and keeping rhythm with his teeth! He shares his decision to leave school and follow his dreams to join the punk rock band Scream in the late 80s. Then joining Nirvana in the early 90s and being catapulted to mega star Mr Dave Grohl is most certainly a Storyteller, and each story he shares is a journey through music history. Captivating from start to finish. He describes his childhood and teen years in Virginia, where he first learnt to play the drums with only one lesson, practicing with pillows and keeping rhythm with his teeth! He shares his decision to leave school and follow his dreams to join the punk rock band Scream in the late 80s. Then joining Nirvana in the early 90s and being catapulted to mega stardom after the success of single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and the album Nevermind. He also goes into the eventual collapse of the band after the death of Kurt Cobain, and how he coped with that tragedy. It’s important to note this book is not a part bio on Nirvana nor is any ‘dirt’ spilled. So if you’re looking for that this may not be the one for you. There is of course, plenty on the Foo Fighters and all the crazy adventures from some of their tours over the years. Including a chapter about a tour in Australia for Big Day Out on the Gold Coast in 2000 which resulted in a drunk driving arrest (which I remember was all over the news down here) lol There are stories of fatherhood and the love and pride he has for his daughters. He shares special moments meeting his idols, Paul McCartney, AC/DC and Little Richard to name a few. Overall, The Storyteller is funny, honest and full of amazing personal stories from an incredibly talented, down to earth, wonderful man who has created music that is loved by millions around the world. I will leave you with these beautiful words he had to say about Kurt Cobain and his friend Jimmy Swanson (also passed). “These deaths still resonate like a long echo throughout my life, and not a day goes by when I don't think of Kurt and Jimmy. There are simple reminders: A song on the radio that Jimmy would air-drum to while driving his old, beat-up Renault car. The pink strawberry milk that Kurt would sometimes buy at the gas station as a treat for himself. The smell of the cheap Brut cologne that Jimmy would douse himself in each morning, for no one to enjoy but himself. The Elmer Fudd hat that Kurt would often wear to hide his face from the public, and the white-framed Jackie O glasses that became his trademark. It seems that everywhere I turn there is a reminder to be found, and I have come to a place where they no longer break my heart; they make me smile. But it's when I sit down at a drum set that I feel Kurt the most. It's not often that I play the songs that we played together, but when I sit on that stool, I can still picture him in front of me, wrestling with his guitar as he screamed his lungs raw into the microphone. Just like staring at the sun will burn a spot into your retinas, his image will forever be burned in mine when I look past my drums to the audience before me. He will always be there.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Contrary to every second reviewer so far, I’m not the Foo Fighters' #1 fan, nor am I obsessed with Dave Grohl. I remain a product of my generation, however, and Grohl has been in my life for the last 30 years; when I stumbled upon this book by chance, this fall, a mere two weeks after it came out, I picked it up on the spot. I’m glad I did. This reads like an extensive road trip in the best possible company for a Gen Xer. Loved the tour anecdotes. Loved the humble beginnings and the candid life Contrary to every second reviewer so far, I’m not the Foo Fighters' #1 fan, nor am I obsessed with Dave Grohl. I remain a product of my generation, however, and Grohl has been in my life for the last 30 years; when I stumbled upon this book by chance, this fall, a mere two weeks after it came out, I picked it up on the spot. I’m glad I did. This reads like an extensive road trip in the best possible company for a Gen Xer. Loved the tour anecdotes. Loved the humble beginnings and the candid life lessons, sinking in one by one and retold with the advantage of a more worldly perspective, decades after. Loved the portrait of the artist as a family man, too. Worship doesn’t come easily to me, but respect sometimes develops over time – for certain authentic bands and people. Grohl definitely sealed the deal with this publication. Maybe I'll buy the t-shirt, one day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    Dave Grohl’s memoir, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, was very good. I highly recommend the audiobook, which Dave narrates himself. He is truly a storyteller — I appreciated his humor, animation, and ability to tell both funny, entertainment focused stories and those with more depth that were personal. I honestly had very little familiarity and knowledge of Dave or The Foo Fighters or Nirvana before reading The Storyteller. Of course I know the classic song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” but Dave Grohl’s memoir, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, was very good. I highly recommend the audiobook, which Dave narrates himself. He is truly a storyteller — I appreciated his humor, animation, and ability to tell both funny, entertainment focused stories and those with more depth that were personal. I honestly had very little familiarity and knowledge of Dave or The Foo Fighters or Nirvana before reading The Storyteller. Of course I know the classic song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” but wasn’t working with much beyond that. I share this to emphasize that you don’t need to be a huge fan of the bands to enjoy this book. Dave grew up in Virginia. He dropped out of high school to join a band, Scream, and traveled the country in a van with his bandmates. Eventually he joined Nirvana and after Kurt Cobain’s death, formed The Foo Fighters. While music is appropriately a huge part of Dave’s story, I really enjoyed the stories he shared about his family — His mom being his number one fan, through and through, and his clear commitment to and love for his wife and their 3 daughters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Grohl's prose is surprisingly effective. If this was written without a ghostwriter, it's an admirable effort. However, I found the overall work to be a bit scattered and shallow. Grohl jumps back and forth through time a bit too often, and grants entire chapters to episodes of questionable interest. I'd have appreciated a bit more of a deep dive into some of the things that have made Grohl's life so special; his jump from high school student to international touring drummer of the band Scream se Grohl's prose is surprisingly effective. If this was written without a ghostwriter, it's an admirable effort. However, I found the overall work to be a bit scattered and shallow. Grohl jumps back and forth through time a bit too often, and grants entire chapters to episodes of questionable interest. I'd have appreciated a bit more of a deep dive into some of the things that have made Grohl's life so special; his jump from high school student to international touring drummer of the band Scream seemed so abrupt that I almost felt I had skipped a chapter. In one moment, Grohl is talking about his first girlfriend. Then, it seemed, in the next, he was playing a show with Scream in the Netherlands. How did such a jump change a teenager? How did this new perspective alter his worldview, cause him to grow as a human being? These sorts of engaging questions are abandoned for amusing, though ultimately disposable anecdotes about being chased through European alleyways by junkies and skinheads. This issue is exacerbated by Grohl's questionable inclusion of chapters on seemingly disposable events, such as being hit in the head as a child and the claims that Grohl does not feel physical pain. The Nirvana chapters are also comparatively light. What ultimately sold me on this book was not so much Dave Grohl himself (of whom I'm not that big a fan) but Grohl's view of Kurt Cobain (of whom I am most definitely a big fan). Grohl and Cobain lived together in the pacific Northwest during their time in Nirvana, but very little of Cobain is shared beyond what everyone already knows: that he was a brilliant songwriter, that he was a depressive, that he was staunchly anti-establishment. So desperate for Cobain crumbs was I that I found Grohl's mention of Cobain's endless love of strawberry milk to be one of my favorite tidbits in the book. Too much of this reads as a surface-level description of Grohl's life, and the man—although undoubtedly having lived an incredibly interesting, eventful life—seems to lack the insight as to what, exactly, makes his life so incredible and eventful. Thus we're regaled with pitter-patter, here-and-there stories which seem scattershot and don't dive into any real meaning or cohesive theme which drives Grohl's experience, and seem more instead like a smattering of unrelated tidbits from an old-but-gold rocker. Which is fine, if that's what you're looking for. But Grohl has been there for such monumental events in recent music history that I'd hoped for a bit more. Foo Fighters and Grohl fans will undoubtedly enjoy this, but those of us on the outside of those descriptors will likely be left wanting more. A solid effort nonetheless, but there's nothing profound to be had here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Nirvana was my favourite band when I was 15. I bought Nevermind the day it was released (on cassette!) after reading several rave notices, which referenced The Pixies, Husker Du, Sonic Youth et al. A lot of bands were subject to such (in their cases) overblown press (remember The Vines? The greatest band since Nirvana, according to NME. How about The Music? 'The best new band in Britain') but I was all-in every time, on the off-chance that, this time, it was all true. I went out and bought the a Nirvana was my favourite band when I was 15. I bought Nevermind the day it was released (on cassette!) after reading several rave notices, which referenced The Pixies, Husker Du, Sonic Youth et al. A lot of bands were subject to such (in their cases) overblown press (remember The Vines? The greatest band since Nirvana, according to NME. How about The Music? 'The best new band in Britain') but I was all-in every time, on the off-chance that, this time, it was all true. I went out and bought the album from the one place in the town next to mine that sold music, ran up to my bedroom wondering what all the fuss was about (probably very little; remember Mudhoney? Did they ever pay Iggy Pop royalties?), put the tape in, pressed play and waited. Pretty soon, everything made sense. I'd been waiting for those songs and the wait was over, and I was grateful and overwhelmed. This was the stuff, finally! Once the shock of that melodic battering ram had worn off a little, I started thinking about what made the songs work, why they were so much better than everyone else's, what the three (!) musicians were doing to create such a thrilling blitz of noise. It seemed so maddeningly simple. Guitar, bass and drums played like the world was about to end. And this the miraculous result. Conclusion: whatever these three men had, they had more of it than anyone else. The next album was different, but Nevermind was unrepeatable. In Utero was less urgent, more interesting, more sombre. Whatever they had was still in evidence, had been dialled down, was lying in wait. And then it was all over. I went back to Bleach, an album I'd never really warmed to, and which confirmed that only with Dave Grohl in the line-up was the alchemy right. Whatever weird confluence of luck and judgement that had brought the Scream drummer into Nirvana had turned them into the world's greatest rock act. Those drums drove Cobain and Novoselic to places they would otherwise never have reached. It was a shame it was all done after two albums. There were no other Kurt Cobains to go around. The NME featured Grohl's next venture, Foo Fighters, in which it seemed he'd be playing lead guitar, not drums. Oh crap, I thought -- this could be like Cast, a dire Las spin-off. Don't besmirch the legacy, Dave! But I was right behind it, desperate for it to be at least passable. If so, I'd just say it was great. Nirvana would live on! Sort of. I was a little older by now, but the process was still basically the same. Get on the bus, buy the album, take it home, sit with it and see what was what. Though this time, it felt cruel. Nirvana were not coming back. Here was the unquestionably great drummer doing a potentially embarrassing Paul McCartney circa Abbey Road, the only man in the studio, playing all the instruments, everyone else gone and no longer under any illusions. And yet that Foo Fighters debut was pretty great, and those were definitely Grohl drums. It was enough. Many of the songs were clearly, openly about Nirvana, about Kurt Cobain, but the misery, the parlayed dyspepsia had all been spent, distilled and bottled into those two landmark albums. The Foo Fighters were fun, even when the lead singer was shrieking, even when the song was a sad one. And though they'd never be great, they would be good, and they would last, and they'd put a smile on your face whenever they came on the radio. This memoir is funny and excellent company. It's like a really good Foo Fighters song: too likeably formulaic to hit the heights, but never dull. And the bits about the Nirvana years -- featuring a horrible apartment in which Grohl struggles to sleep on a couch beside Cobain's pet turtle which taps on its tank throughout the night -- are the best of it. 'These deaths still resonate like a long echo throughout my life, and not a day goes by when I don’t think of Kurt and Jimmy. There are simple reminders: A song on the radio that Jimmy would air-drum to while driving his old, beat-up Renault car. The pink strawberry milk that Kurt would sometimes buy at the gas station as a treat for himself. The smell of the cheap Brut cologne that Jimmy would douse himself in each morning, for no one to enjoy but himself. The Elmer Fudd hat that Kurt would often wear to hide his face from the public, and the white-framed Jackie O glasses that became his trademark. It seems that everywhere I turn there is a reminder to be found, and I have come to a place where they no longer break my heart; they make me smile. But it’s when I sit down at a drum set that I feel Kurt the most. It’s not often that I play the songs that we played together, but when I sit on that stool, I can still picture him in front of me, wrestling with his guitar as he screamed his lungs raw into the microphone. Just like staring at the sun will burn a spot into your retinas, his image will forever be burned in mine when I look past my drums to the audience before me. He will always be there.'

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter Boyle

    Dave Grohl has often been referred to as the nicest man in rock. And he certainly lives up to that title in this memoir - the Foo Fighters frontman makes great company, telling many colourful stories about his time in the music business, but never forgetting where he came from, or the people who helped him along the way. Grohl was raised in Springfield, Virginia, mostly by his mother, a teacher. He didn't really see eye to eye with his Dad, a Republican political consultant. When cousin Tracey in Dave Grohl has often been referred to as the nicest man in rock. And he certainly lives up to that title in this memoir - the Foo Fighters frontman makes great company, telling many colourful stories about his time in the music business, but never forgetting where he came from, or the people who helped him along the way. Grohl was raised in Springfield, Virginia, mostly by his mother, a teacher. He didn't really see eye to eye with his Dad, a Republican political consultant. When cousin Tracey introduced Grohl to punk rock at age 13, his eyes were opened, and he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He began to dedicate his free time to learning the drums, and somehow ended up wangling an audition for Scream, one of his favourite bands. He nailed it and even though he was only 17 at the time, was asked to join the group as a full-time member. He toured extensively with Scream, though they remained an underground band, never attaining mainstream popularity. Everything changed when he agreed to join Nirvana, who of course became the biggest music sensation on the planet. Kurt Cobain's death had a major effect on Grohl, but he eventually pulled himself together to establish the Foo Fighters. This venture has been a huge success, and he spends his days touring the world with the band and raising three daughters with his wife Jordyn. Grohl comes off as such a likeable guy in the book. He has managed to stay humble somehow, even though he can call Paul McCartney a friend and has performed for Presidents. He's got some great stories of life on the road, and I think I enjoyed his recollections of Scream the most, even though I knew little about the band. Something about the tireless effort they made, all the crap venues they played, the dirty floors they slept on - it seemed like a magical journey even though they never really made it. He speaks of that time very fondly and I'm sure he wouldn't change a thing. If I have a criticism of the book, it's what has been left out. It was a bit light on Nirvana for my taste. I know Grohl wasn't in the band all that long, but I would love to have read a few more Cobain anecdotes or to discover what it was really like to record Nevermind, arguably the most important album of the 90s. He also barely mentions his first marriage, which I found a little odd. Maybe it's a wound he would rather not pick at, but I would like to hear his whole story, not just the happy memories. All in all though, it's a pleasure to read. Grohl is a witty, spirited narrator and it's no mystery why he has managed to stay at the top for so long - his enthusiasm is infectious. The Storyteller is a fast-paced and entertaining perspective on what it takes to make it in the rock business, and what happens when those dreams come true.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    So, I’ve got to rate this 5 stars. I'll lose my honorary grunge badge if I don't. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I knew that I would like The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music but I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. Back in the 90s, I loved this dude from the years of being in Scream and then Nirvana. When he started The Foo Fighters after Kurt Cobain's death, I was impressed with that as well. In fact, I'm going to their concert this year in Seattle and I can't wait! If you can get this on audio, So, I’ve got to rate this 5 stars. I'll lose my honorary grunge badge if I don't. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I knew that I would like The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music but I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. Back in the 90s, I loved this dude from the years of being in Scream and then Nirvana. When he started The Foo Fighters after Kurt Cobain's death, I was impressed with that as well. In fact, I'm going to their concert this year in Seattle and I can't wait! If you can get this on audio, I think you’ll enjoy it more. I’m sure the printed version is good but to hear Dave Grohl talk about his life, his music career and now being a Dad of three girls, it’s even better! His enthusiasm and humor are top notch in this! As a grunge fan rocking flannel, cut up jeans with paint and bobby pins, and also purple hair back in the 90s, I loved the parts of the book with his days with Nirvana and how Kurt Cobain’s suicide really affected him. This was the part of the book that I really wanted to listen too. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to Bleach and Nevermind back in the day. I also lost a best friend in the 90s to suicide and it’s tough to go through this at an early age. The questions of "Why?", "Could I have done more?" and "What the fuck?!" don’t really go away. I loved to hear about what music means to him and how he’s always trying to be genuine and uniquely himself, even if others don’t like it. I love this about him and wish more celebrities and people in general cared less about other’s opinions, and cared more about being yourself and happy! If you are a big fan of music, especially alternative or rock, check this one out. I don't think you'll regret it! And even if you're not a big fan of music and alternative/rock in general, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by this book. It’s well put together; the pacing is great and it’s extremely entertaining to listen to Dave talk. He's actually a great narrator!

  12. 5 out of 5

    JD

    'Though I have never been one to collect "stuff", I do collect moments' With that Dave Grohl takes you on his crazy journey through rock 'n roll from his time as a punk rocker touring in the back of a van in the 80's to playing sold out stadiums today, and how he was part of a rock revolution in the 90's. This is not his full biography as there are gaps, but it is his stories that he tells that had a profound impact on him and all the chapters has a lesson in living in them. What I also found end 'Though I have never been one to collect "stuff", I do collect moments' With that Dave Grohl takes you on his crazy journey through rock 'n roll from his time as a punk rocker touring in the back of a van in the 80's to playing sold out stadiums today, and how he was part of a rock revolution in the 90's. This is not his full biography as there are gaps, but it is his stories that he tells that had a profound impact on him and all the chapters has a lesson in living in them. What I also found endearing is that he is a family man and that he admits that his greatest achievement is his family. His musical journey is a soundtrack of my youth through the bands he played (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age) and his songs always bring back good memories for me. Highly recommended for fellow rockers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ivy

    Well, not sure how another rock memoir is going to top that one. Storyteller is right. Humble, intelligent, insightful, engaging and sometimes a little emotional. So much to relate to in this. Highly recommend for any music lover. I was a “Nirvana’s drummer” Dave Grohl fan before but now I am definitely just a Dave Grohl “the person” fan.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily B

    Really fun and entertaining. It was joyful to read. Yes the timeline is a bit all over the place but I wouldn't say this is a chronological autobiography. It's exactly as described, stories. Really fun and entertaining. It was joyful to read. Yes the timeline is a bit all over the place but I wouldn't say this is a chronological autobiography. It's exactly as described, stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Malia

    Though I'm not a big Foo Fighters Fan, I do like Nirvana and I was intrigued by the book. I'd recommend going with the audiobook, because Grohl reads it himself, and he does so well. It really feels like he's telling you stories of his life. He personable, strange, funny and engaging, and though I imagine he can be a handful and a bit exhausting, too, I came away from the book with respect for him, his achievements and what he has learned in his life. He acknowledges mistakes and shortcomings as Though I'm not a big Foo Fighters Fan, I do like Nirvana and I was intrigued by the book. I'd recommend going with the audiobook, because Grohl reads it himself, and he does so well. It really feels like he's telling you stories of his life. He personable, strange, funny and engaging, and though I imagine he can be a handful and a bit exhausting, too, I came away from the book with respect for him, his achievements and what he has learned in his life. He acknowledges mistakes and shortcomings as well as repeatedly expressing how fortunate he feels to have led the life he has led. Overall, an engaging read and one I'd recommend to fans of his, but also to anyone who love music and just enjoys a good story. Find my book reviews and more at http://www.princessandpen.com

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Eames

    Loved it--and narrated by the man himself!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria Espadinha

    Life, Music and the Magic in between The Storyteller is a tale about a guy who’s living the Dream and wants everyone else to do the same — with humor, magic and the poetry of music, he’s sharing how he did it…

  18. 5 out of 5

    Creolecat

    Wonderful. One of the best rock memoirs.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Howard

    5 Stars for The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl read by the author. Dave Grohl has some of the best stories I’ve heard. My favorite from this book is when his daughter asks if Joan Jett would read her some bedtime stories. And Joan, in her pajamas got up and read her some stories. I really enjoyed his stories from his days in Nirvana and Foo Fighters. But my favorite stories are when he was a kid and his relationship with his mother and then later his relationships with his da 5 Stars for The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl read by the author. Dave Grohl has some of the best stories I’ve heard. My favorite from this book is when his daughter asks if Joan Jett would read her some bedtime stories. And Joan, in her pajamas got up and read her some stories. I really enjoyed his stories from his days in Nirvana and Foo Fighters. But my favorite stories are when he was a kid and his relationship with his mother and then later his relationships with his daughters. I’m looking forward to listening to the next generation of Grohl musicians.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mia.Mi.Jou

    Heartfelt, inspiring, uplifting... simply an amazing book. I believe the audio would be even better, but that stays on my to do list:)

  21. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    I’ve often had the nerve to think, “Can anyone be a bigger Dave Grohl fan than me?” Which, of course, is nonsense. But on some level I believe it to be true and I’m sure millions of others feel the same way. Whether it was through a love of Nirvana, the legendary Seattle-based band headed by the late Kurt Cobain or his own band Foo Fighters, which is still going strong, fans can’t enough of Grohl and feel very connected to him. During 2020, while touring came to a halt, Grohl started to post sma I’ve often had the nerve to think, “Can anyone be a bigger Dave Grohl fan than me?” Which, of course, is nonsense. But on some level I believe it to be true and I’m sure millions of others feel the same way. Whether it was through a love of Nirvana, the legendary Seattle-based band headed by the late Kurt Cobain or his own band Foo Fighters, which is still going strong, fans can’t enough of Grohl and feel very connected to him. During 2020, while touring came to a halt, Grohl started to post small stories on social media about his life. We, his devoted fans, followed every word. These stories evolved into The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music. This book is not some puffed-up rock-star vanity project. It’s one of the more entertaining memoirs by a musician that I’ve read (and listened to) in a very long time. This is best enjoyed as an audio book as it is read by Grohl. He’s a guy who has a “pinch me, I can’t believe this my life” attitude. When he tells of his glee in meeting and eventually becoming friends with luminaries like Paul McCartney, it feels very genuine. From his youth in Virginia, facing life as a bit of an outsider, Grohl knew he was destined for a life in music. From his exposure to early rock legends to his discovery of the local punk rock scene, his fate was sealed. Each of his stories are interesting nuggets that tell of his evolution as a performer. From the hard life on the road with the band Scream to his big break joining Nirvana. And the heartbreak of the loss of Cobain. After Cobain’s suicide, Grohl had to decide which path to take. While he could have become the drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Grohl decided to forge his own way with songs he’d written while in Nirvana. This became the birth of Foo Fighters. The rest, as they say, is rock history. At any Foo Fighters concert, you find a man who simply loves what he does. He loves his bandmates and his audience. And boy does the audience love him back. My favorite parts of this often sweet book are his stories involving his devotion to his three daughters. And his love for his mother, who he regards as his best friend. His mother was a teacher yet allowed Grohl to leave high school to tour with his band and seek his dream. Grohl is often referred to as “the nicest guy in rock” and this book demonstrates why he has earned that moniker. While there are struggles and some sadness, this is an upbeat book which his devoted fans will adore and it will surely get more people interested in his music, which is really what it's all about. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Erickson

    I will try to maintain some degree of objectivity, but really, it's Dave Grohl, man. Dave Grohl is one of the best of the humans. I don't really believe there are people who actually dislike Dave Grohl. Those are people who wake up every day and actively choose hate. Beyond the man himself, the Foos are one of my favorite bands; I have a Foo Fighters tattoo, took a two day road trip to see them in Denver, and I walked out to Everlong at my wedding. There was no way I wasn't going to like this. B I will try to maintain some degree of objectivity, but really, it's Dave Grohl, man. Dave Grohl is one of the best of the humans. I don't really believe there are people who actually dislike Dave Grohl. Those are people who wake up every day and actively choose hate. Beyond the man himself, the Foos are one of my favorite bands; I have a Foo Fighters tattoo, took a two day road trip to see them in Denver, and I walked out to Everlong at my wedding. There was no way I wasn't going to like this. But I was still surprised at how good it was. Naming your book The Storyteller is bold; but it's apt in this case. I listened to this audiobook in less than 24 hours. There are a variety of stories and reflections that range from inspiring, thoughtful, hilarious, or heart-warming. Dave's ability to speak on the power of music is infectious; after hearing him pontificate about music, I'd want to pause the book to go rock out. Added to that, he was surprisingly candid about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, and his thoughts on Kurt's death are pretty intense. The reflections on being a parent were poignant and touching; you can really tell being a father is the most important thing to him. Even the stories where he just talked about meeting famous people, a trap that memoirs fall into often, were awesome because Dave's enthusiasm just gushed off the page. There is nothing to critique about this book, besides that I wanted it to be longer. Write another, Dave? Please? Also, I love how much of his actual career he skips over in this short book, but still has a whole chapter about coffee 😂 FRESH POTS!! 10/10

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maria Espadinha

    Music and the Magic of DNA “Having taught myself to play the drums by ear on dirty pillows in my bedroom, I’d never had anyone standing over me to tell me what was “right” or “wrong,” so my drumming was wild with inconsistency and feral habits. I WAS ANIMAL FROM THE MUPPETS, WITHOUT THE CHOPS.“ “…there was a beauty and dynamic in the chaotic tapestry of jazz composition that I appreciated. Sometimes structured, sometimes not. But, most of all, I loved Lenny Robinson’s drumming.” “DNA is a miraculou Music and the Magic of DNA “Having taught myself to play the drums by ear on dirty pillows in my bedroom, I’d never had anyone standing over me to tell me what was “right” or “wrong,” so my drumming was wild with inconsistency and feral habits. I WAS ANIMAL FROM THE MUPPETS, WITHOUT THE CHOPS.“ “…there was a beauty and dynamic in the chaotic tapestry of jazz composition that I appreciated. Sometimes structured, sometimes not. But, most of all, I loved Lenny Robinson’s drumming.” “DNA is a miraculous thing. We all carry traits of people we have never met somewhere deep within our chemistry. I’m no scientist, but I believe that my musical abilities are proof of this. There is no divine intervention here. This is flesh and blood. This is something that comes from the inside out. The day that I picked up a guitar and played Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ by ear, I knew that all I needed was that DNA and a whole lot of patience… These ears and this heart and mind were born of someone. Someone who shared that same love of music and song. I was blessed with a genetic symphony, waiting to perform. All it took was that spark.” So far… it’s all I got!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria Espadinha

    About Aging “Sometimes I forget that I’ve aged. My head and my heart seem to play this cruel trick on me, deceiving me with the false illusion of youth by greeting the world every day through the idealistic, mischievous eyes of a rebellious child finding happiness and appreciation in the most basic, simple things.“ “ I see the heavy bags beneath my hooded eyes from decades of jet lag, of sacrificing sleep for another precious hour of life. I see the patches of white within my beard. And I am thank About Aging “Sometimes I forget that I’ve aged. My head and my heart seem to play this cruel trick on me, deceiving me with the false illusion of youth by greeting the world every day through the idealistic, mischievous eyes of a rebellious child finding happiness and appreciation in the most basic, simple things.“ “ I see the heavy bags beneath my hooded eyes from decades of jet lag, of sacrificing sleep for another precious hour of life. I see the patches of white within my beard. And I am thankful for all of it.” “Perfectly dyed hair, spray tan, and a recently refurbished smile that had the look of a fresh box of Chiclets (an obvious attempt at fending off the aging process, which ultimately had the adverse effect, giving the appearance of an old wall with too many layers of paint).“ “ And each instrument ages entirely differently. To me, that is beauty. Not the gleam of prefabricated perfection, but the road-worn beauty of individuality, time, and wisdom.” So far… this is all I have!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Such a cool book. You feel like you’re sitting around a campfire and he’s telling stories what could be better. I’m not an audiobook person but he narrated this one so I may have to get the audio. I will forever love you Dave Grohl. Great way to start 2022.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jerrika Rhone

    Pure Gold <3

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jill Long

    I loved listening to Dave Grohl narrate the book. He brought the book to life with his voice. However, I was disappointed in the book. One reason is that although there are a lot of stories none of them go deep. I felt that these were just surface layer stories he would tell to any fan or person he wasn't close to. He skims over the juiciest parts that fans and readers want to know about...the ups and downs of being in Nirvana, starting the Foo Fighters, his personal life. Another thing that I d I loved listening to Dave Grohl narrate the book. He brought the book to life with his voice. However, I was disappointed in the book. One reason is that although there are a lot of stories none of them go deep. I felt that these were just surface layer stories he would tell to any fan or person he wasn't close to. He skims over the juiciest parts that fans and readers want to know about...the ups and downs of being in Nirvana, starting the Foo Fighters, his personal life. Another thing that I didn't like is the sequence of the story. The timeline jumps around constantly. This was confusing as a listener to the audiobook. I never knew where we were in his life when the stories were taking place.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tim Joseph

    I'd give it 6 if I could! I'd give it 6 if I could!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    Truth be told, I'm not actually a huge fan of Dave Grohl's music, but this is absolutely best-case scenario for a music memoir. It's heartfelt, well-paced, funny, and full of amazing...yep, stories. We learn when he knew Nirvana had made it (when "Weird Al" called), what it's like to meet Huey Lewis ("a most excellent hang"), and what snacks John Fogerty serves (minestrone and SunChips). I reviewed The Storyteller for The Current. Truth be told, I'm not actually a huge fan of Dave Grohl's music, but this is absolutely best-case scenario for a music memoir. It's heartfelt, well-paced, funny, and full of amazing...yep, stories. We learn when he knew Nirvana had made it (when "Weird Al" called), what it's like to meet Huey Lewis ("a most excellent hang"), and what snacks John Fogerty serves (minestrone and SunChips). I reviewed The Storyteller for The Current.

  30. 5 out of 5

    R.L. Bailey

    Dave assumes you know most of this already. And you probably do between numerous documentaries, his mom's book, interviews, etc. So this ends up reading like a greatest hits. There isn't much detail to it and you get more about him as a parent than most of his songwriting. It's heartfelt but I was bored by a lot of it. Dave assumes you know most of this already. And you probably do between numerous documentaries, his mom's book, interviews, etc. So this ends up reading like a greatest hits. There isn't much detail to it and you get more about him as a parent than most of his songwriting. It's heartfelt but I was bored by a lot of it.

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