While the Grohl family had always been musical - the family sang together on long car trips, harmonizing to Motown and David Bowie - Virginia never expected her son to become a musician, let alone a rock star. But when she saw him perform in front of thousands of screaming fans for the first time, she knew that rock stardom was meant to be for her son. And as Virginia watched her son's star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children's fame? Did they worry about their children's livelihood and well-being in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children's passions despite the odds against success or attempt to dissuade them from their grandiose dreams? Do they remind their kids to pack a warm coat when they go on tour?
Virginia decided to seek out other rock star mothers to ask these questions, and so began a two-year odyssey in which she interviewed such women as Verna Griffin, Dr. Dre's mother; Marianne Stipe, Michael Stipe of REM's mother; Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse's mother; Patsy Noah, Adam Levine's mother; Donna Haim, mother of the Haim sisters; and Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys' mother.
With exclusive family photographs and a foreword by Dave Grohl, From Cradle to Stage will appeal to mothers and rock fans everywhere.
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Good, but not great
If you like musician biographies, go for it.
For her first book, its not awful, she has a nice pace and the chapter/story aren't that long and draw out.
Every story followed the same formula - Mini Bio about the musician, mini bio on the mom, childhood together, maybe a fun story, closing update on what they are doing now. The formula works well, but some of the moms just weren't interesting. I can think of maybe two that stood out to me.
The parts where Virginia talked about Dave was really fun. I wish this was more about her life with Dave and all the things she has seen on the road with small stories about other moms thrown in.
- Monica H.