Dave Grohl

This post should probably be prefaced with a warning: sometimes, I have a very overactive imagination. Okay, please proceed.

I’m a fan of Dave Grohl. I loved him in Nirvana, and was happy for his post-Nirvana success with the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age & Them Crooked Vultures.

Okay; true confession time? I admit to not being a huge Foo Fighters fan… at first. But now I am, because of their last studio album, which was taped on actual TAPE (read more about that here) in Dave Grohl’s garage. And then that tape was cut up and tucked into the CDs that went out.

Just let that digest for a moment, because to me, that speaks to the awesomeness that is Dave Grohl.

That's my Wasting Light CD right there, with my own personal little bits of session tape.

The more you hear about the man, there is one common theme. Everyone thinks he’s nice. That he’s a nice guy in the finest sense of the word. I imagine that if I were to call him up (or have my people—if I had any—call his people), he’d be happy to meet for a beer and chat. I imagine it would go something like this:

Music Mama Mari: Imaginary Dave Grohl, you are so nice to meet with me! I’ve had such fun talking about music with you.

Imaginary Dave Grohl: Dude! There is nothing I like more than hanging with the little people (said with a Foo-tos style smile as seen in Big Me) and talking about music.

MMM: Thanks, Imaginary Dave Grohl! Say, would you go to the big dance with me like I was Marsha Brady and you were Davy Jones? Ha ha ha ha!

IMG: Ha ha ha ha! I’d love to. Because I’m a nice guy. Say, you know a lot about music for an old lady!

MMM: Okay, that’s enough talking, Imaginary Dave Grohl. Garçon! More beers!

Okay, so maybe that’s a tad unrealistic (For real! I’m not even planning to go to a big dance!), you get the point; Dave Grohl is not your average rock frontman. He seems delightfully normal; more blue collar than metrosexual; a guy who wears Levis and skater shoes and has a wife and kids and does not have a substance abuse problem. Dare I say it? Dave Grohl seems like someone you can look up to.

So when I got an advance reader copy of This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl (by Paul Brannigan; Da Capo Press, Hardcover, $26), I got a little bit whole lot of happy.

This unauthorized biography was written by the former editor of Kerrang!, someone who has shared beers with Dave Grohl (yes, I’m jealous), and someone who knows a little bit more than the average dude on the street.

One of the things I like about musician biographies like this are the glimpses into music history; by digging into and telling Grohl’s story, Brannigan uncovers tidbits about the music scene as a whole along the way. I’m in the midst of reading it now and it’s a tough book to put down. Grohl came up the same time period that I did; his musical references are pinging my own. The events that marked Grohl’s growth are familiar to me. It’s like reading about someone I kind of know.

A nice guy.

This is a Call is a must-read for music fans, look for your copy at your favorite bookseller.

5 Responses to Dave Grohl
  1. Melisa
    December 6, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    SHUT UP. Can I have it?

    • Mari
      December 6, 2011 | 6:19 pm

      You want I should send it to you when I’m done? It’s an ARC and I highlight when I read, if that’s not too distracting! #biggiantdorkalert

      • Melisa
        December 7, 2011 | 10:21 am

        YES PLEASE! haha

  2. Kim @ This Belle Rocks
    December 7, 2011 | 8:37 am

    I need to read this as well. Sounds very interesting. I do love how down-to-earth Grohl is, and the fact that his band still enjoys performing for fans!

    In fact, I attended a Foo show not long ago, and was hoping the friend who went with me, who is a HUGE fan of the band, would come over here to write a review. Maybe she and I can bang something out before the end of the year. It really was a show that was not to be missed!

  3. LA Acting Class Gal
    December 9, 2011 | 12:41 am

    I personally loved The Foo Fighters from day 1. I thought their first CD was amazing.

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