From Nirvana to Foo Fighters: The Incredible Story of Dave Grohl

From Nirvana to Foo Fighters: The Incredible Story of Dave Grohl

From a very young age, Dave Grohl knew what was going to be important in his life. Without a doubt, music was his raison d’être. So much so that it is music that has occupied the main place in his life. From Nirvana to the Foo Fighters, the famed drummer turned singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In his autobiography, all my historyThe one who claims to be obsessed with music tells his candid story, from his humble beginnings to his glory days, passing through tragic moments.

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There is no doubt that Dave Grohl will let someone else write their own story. “It probably would have been too easy,” suggests the famous drummer. And then the pandemic was the perfect time for him to roll up his sleeves and tackle this project that he had been simmering for a few years. A colossal job that did not scare him; after all, Ohio native Dave Grohl worked hard his whole life, tirelessly, never taking a breather for years. This is what emerges from his autobiography. The storyteller, published in its original version last year and recently available in French. His entire story is impregnated with humility with a good dose of madness and a touch of humor, which allowed him to overcome the difficult moments that have marked his career. His first hard blow will come at age 6 when his parents divorce. He will then go to live with his mother in Virginia.

Music lover, without a doubt, but also in love with words, choosing the ones that make him vibrate, the ones that resemble him. This is what he makes of it, when the 53-year-old musician writes his own songs.

shadow and light

A former Washington punk scum, that’s how he often describes himself in his book. It’s that he hasn’t forgotten his less glorious past nor the modest beginnings of him playing for fun in front of youngsters in stadiums. Aware that the role of the drummer is a secondary position, a shadow worker who is not glorious, but leaves the place of choice to the singers who are in the spotlight; But for him, who wasn’t looking for glory, just wanted to live his passion to the fullest, it didn’t matter. However, this is how he described his first career when his daughter, Harper Willow, who was only 8 years old, expressed an interest in playing the drums. Which made him smile, recognizing himself in her.

Dave Grohl started Screan at the age of 17, leaving his studies to pursue punk, as he calls it. He played for fun without really having expectations, until he received a call to join the group Nirvana as a drummer in the early 90s. Loyal to his group since its inception, he preferred to decline the offer, but his mother Virginia insisted and pushed him. to join the group in Seattle. He will participate in the composition of the successful album It doesn’t matter, one of the best-selling albums in the world with 30 million copies. The drummer had never anticipated such success.

The glory will be known, the packed stadiums, the euphoria of the fans, but there will also be the death of Kurt Cobain, the singer, guitarist and founder of Nirvana, who committed suicide in full glory by shooting himself in the head. This will then be the end of Nirvana in 1994.

“It’s difficult to get out of a situation like this unscathed,” admits the author, who adds that such great glory can easily destabilize.

a second wind

After the collapse of the group and a bout of depression, Dave Grohl, far from wanting to stop, founded the Foo Fighters group.

He will experience several successes and also some setbacks, especially in 2015, during a concert in Sweden. She will fall from the top of the stage at the start of the show and break her leg as a result. In front of a maddening crowd, she wishes, with her usual determination, to continue her show. He will return to the stage, with a crutch, then, seated in a chair, he will manage to finish his performance before going to the hospital, where he will undergo surgery.

In his book, Dave Grohl also recounts great moments, including the chance to rub shoulders with and even work with the greatest like Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

Along with his career as an artist, we also learn the importance he places on his loved ones, particularly his three daughters, as well as his mother Virginia and second wife Jordyn Blum. It was her pillars that kept her from collapsing.

In 2011 Dave Grohl received the NME Godlike Genius Award. He is the first American drummer to receive this award, which recognizes the best musicians in the world.


From Nirvana to Foo Fighters: The Incredible Story of Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

all my history

HarperCollins Publishing

384 pages


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