Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This is a Call..The Life and Times of Dave Grohl by Paul Brannigan

A well written, easy to read book by an Industry Veteran, this book covers every aspect of Grohl`s life without ever getting bogged down although for a non devotee there were a few too many facts and figures but that is my problem.
Starting at the beginning and moving rapidly forward, Brannigan paints a very realistic portrait of a child, boy, teenager and man whose experiences have been wide ranging and which have taken him far and wide and down many paths, some fulfilling and rewarding and some destructive and frustrating, never more true than when one reads those chapters which cover Nirvana, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. The sudden searing rise to the very top for Grohl was both blessing and curse, one which he has managed to come out of with a smile still plastered on his face.
Never the less it is quite heartbreaking to read of Cobain`s disintegration and eventual predictable death yet Brannigan handles it sensitively and with tact, allowing Grohl to express what he wants to about the lead up to the event and the fallout, which appears never ending.
A very well rounded, warts and all portrait of the man and his music and an insight into what makes a Rocker a Rocker. This would be a great gift for a Foo  Fighters Fan, a Grohl Devotee or for someone who is trying to cut a path into the music industry, anyone who loved Nirvana would also love it.The fact that I who wouldn`t know a Foo Fighters song from a Wiggles song thoroughly enjoyed this book speaks volumes about its readability and as an interesting aside...imagine Cobain and Grohl travelling through Europe listening devotedly to Abba...oh yes they did!

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