Title: The Storyteller
Author(s): Dave Grohl
Release Date:October 5, 2021
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir, Music
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.
The Storyteller is a music fan’s dream. Dave Grohl just has a way with words and connecting with people and he did just that with his memoir.
I first listened to Dave Grohl in high school when my best friend started playing the Foo Fighters. I loved their sound and just enjoyed the lyrics. I am a fan of his but never really knew much about him or his life. This is a wonderful encapsulation of his life. He mentioned his life as a young boy when he first learned of his passion for music to the present.
As a fan of music, you can’t help but enjoy the stories he shares. He sure has some entertaining ones but he isn’t afraid to talk about some of the hard parts of his life. The chapter where he opens up about his time with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain is heartbreaking. You just feel for everyone because no matter what happened so many people lost a piece of themselves. I give Dave so much credit for opening his heart and soul for this book.
I give The Storyteller 4 stars. It is a good memoir written by a music icon who showcases his way with words. He tells his story the best way he knows how and it landed. He left his heart on his sleeve with this book and you can only appreciate that as you read the pages.