This Is a Call : The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, Paperback Book

This Is a Call : The Life and Times of Dave Grohl Paperback

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`Someone called and said Kurt died. I just f*****g lost it.'He has sold over 40 million albums.

He's been in bands that have changed popular music forever.

He saw his best friend commit suicide. He starts supergroups. He's the nicest guy in rock.From Nirvana to Foo Fighters, from brotherhood to bitter rivalry, from breathless highs to lifeless lows, Paul Brannigan gives an unparalleled, intimate and extraordinary account of the life and times of Dave Grohl.In 1990, little-known punk-metal upstarts Nirvana added a new drummer to the band.

They were soon to become a global phenomenon - but as we all know, things went wrong.

Dave's friend Kurt, frontman of Nirvana, took his own life, plunging the band and their future into chaos.

His friends' grief was mirrored by worldwide sorrow to an unprecedented degree.Defying expectations, a knack that was soon to become his trademark, Grohl refused to see it as the end.

In 1995 his new band, the Foo Fighters, rose to join the pantheon of rock deities.The 'wonder years' were by no means calm.

The spotlit existence imposed by his celebrity status, the bellowed vilification by his critics and his high-speed lifestyle proved a dangerous cocktail.With an account of Grohl's life that is more personal than anything written before, more startling, more thrilling, more heart-rending and more inspiring, Paul Brannigan reveals Dave fully for the first time.This is the story of the man who changed music forever. And he's not finished yet.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, (1x8pp plates)
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780007391233

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Most of the time this book stays far too much in a journalism sort of swagger. Rather than anything more in depth. I always enjoy an autobiography more than a biography. And this book spends far too much time in the first half explaining in depth entire records from the underground punk rock scene where Dave originated. And while it is definitely relevant it becomes hard slog to read through at times. Overall it's a great collation of Dave's life and I have enjoyed getting some more insight into the life of one of my heroes.

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