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 four 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.
I love Dave Grohl. There, I've said it. I HAD to read this book, but I didn't realise how much I'd adore it. How much I'd adore his way of writing, his lyrical prose, his honesty. I can almost hear him reading the words to me, and when he warns in the introduction that the memories can sometimes be loud: "Turn it up. Listen with me," I'm in...all in. In case you weren't aware, Dave is an American musician, a singer, director and songwriter. He was the drummer for Nirvana and he founded the Foo Fighters for whom he is the singer, guitarist and main songwriter. He has charisma in spades, is a great raconteur, in spite of the blaspheming! You don't have to know who he is to enjoy it, as it's a compelling story of heartbreak, humility, humour, warmth and wisdom. If you're a fan, you'll love him even more. His mother was an English teacher, his dad a speechwriter and although he jokes that he didn't pay attention at school, this self-penned book is a triumph. We journey with this kid from Springfield, Virginia, whose music is in his veins walking through life while living out the crazy dreams he had as a young musician. "I see the patches of white within my beard. And I am thankful for it." And so are we as we follow him on his journey of "road-worn beauty of individuality, time and wisdom." He used lockdown to pen this memoir, and boy are we glad he did. When his band were unable to tour, he began posting short stories from his career on Instagram and the response he received inspired him to produce this beautiful book. This is a great read, a bloody great read. Music lover or not.