Audiobook Review: From Cradle to Stage by Virgina Grohl


ashley | I’ve long thought that Dave Grohl was the coolest guy in rock ‘n’ roll, but I’ve never really contemplated where that cool might have come from, I just assumed it was how he dealt with the momentous bands he was a part of and the fame that he has accumulated. But it was very clear to me the moment I started listening to From Cradle to Stage by Dave’s mother Virginia Grohl where Dave’s cool came from. Virginia Grohl is the coolest. 

What drew me to this book was the concept. Virginia Grohl would approach the mothers of famous rock stars and interview them about their experience growing up as a rock star’s mother. I’ve read a lot of music memoirs, but rarely do they expand too much on the star’s upbringing, other than the basics. It was really interesting to me to read about where these parents came from and how the foundation that birthed these very different stars was formed. 

I also quite enjoyed the variety in terms of who was talked to. It wasn’t just rock mom’s, it wasn’t just people Grohl knew, she put the effort in to meet with mother’s of artists from different genres, different eras and different locations. She spoke to them at length, but each chapter wasn’t just a word for word recital of what was said. Grohl tell’s their stories in her words, describing the scene, the words and the feelings she got from them. 

Interestingly enough, each mother had her own awe-inspiring story. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into helping their children realize and accomplish their dreams and it was so admirable hearing about what these women sacrificed for their children. A common theme through it all seemed to be this unwavering support and patience through the hard times and letting their children go, sometimes against their better judgement, and hoping for the best. 

It was humbling to hear these moments from the mouths of the mothers, it put it all in perspective that one day long ago, these epic rock stars were just like anyone else – kids with a dream willing to take a big risk to make it come true, with parents who fueled that fire as opposed to tried to stifle it. I’m not saying this is the secret lesson to success, but I’m sure it’s not a bad place to start. 


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april 18, 2017