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Publisher's Summary

Virginia Grohl, mother of Dave Grohl, had not seen any of it coming. Not the arenas of screaming fans, not Nirvana or the Foo Fighters, not the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and certainly not her son, Dave, performing with Sir Paul McCartney at the White House.

Theirs had always been a life full of music - the Grohl family sang together on long car trips, harmonising to Motown and David Bowie - yet Virginia never expected her son to become a musician. But when Virginia saw Nirvana play for the first time to crazed applause from thousands of screaming fans, she knew nothing would ever be the same. She was the mother of a rock star. 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?

Virginia often wondered about the mystical force that urges some of us to listen, to play, to surround ourselves with music. She wanted to talk about it with the other mothers whose sons and daughters were sharing stages with Dave, and she decided to seek them out wherever they were.

So began a two-year odyssey where she had conversations with such women from all over the world, such as Verna Griffin, Dr Dre's mother; Carolyn Williams, Pharrell Williams' mother; Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse's mother; Patsy Noah, Adam Levine's mother; Donna Haim, mother to the Haim sisters; and Hester Diamond, Mike D of the Beastie Boys' mother, to name just a few. From Cradle to Stage will appeal to mothers everywhere but particularly to those with children who march (or play) to the beat of their own drum; and it's for those children who have their mothers to thank for everything.

For music lovers and rock fans, it's the ultimate backstage pass - for anyone who has wondered what it's like to be on the inside, looking out at a packed arena.

©2017 Virginia Hanlon Grohl (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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loved it

Such lovely, reflective stories about amazing musicians from their Mum's. Really inspirational in thinking about my own children in school, how mainstream schools are not for every child, success can be achieved over time and art finds a way

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Loved learning about mums’ experiences!!!

I loved this book with a huge passion! I’ve read it twice now. Learning about the lives of our most sort after musicians mums’ eyes is eye opening! From Adam Lavign to Gedde Lee, Pharell Williams to one of my most fave musicians! Tom Morello!!!! This book is definitely recommended to anyone who has a passion for music, anyone wanting to learn about what it’s like to have a musician as a kid of your own, or anyone in general, to be fair, who loves music! Loved this book so much!!!!

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Virginia Grohl rocks.

Loved it a great and easy listen. What a lovely mum and what a great man she has raised . The world thanks you for nurturing that tremendous talent Mrs Grohl.

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Fantastic

VG has given us a glimpse into the complex and diverse lifestyle of the rock and roll mother. It aint all rock n heavy either, and it aint just about sons. Very balanced, interesting, captivating.

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Great

This is such an interesting perspective behind the scenes look at the lives of creatives. I also love the relationships that mothers have with their kids. A must read for any parent. Highly recommended. I was expecting a very different book and was surprised and delighted.

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bloody hard to follow

it had a great idea behind the book but with the way it is read its very hard to keep track of the story line of the interview etc and found it too boring in places.

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Great to hear a mum's perspective on not just the music world but creative children in general.

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great read, great insight

I really enjoyed this book. Well written, insightful about both the people and what it is like for both the parents and the musicians.

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Thank you Mamma Grohl

Thank you Mamma Grohl I enjoyed every minute of this and you gave me goosebumps for than once. I might of laughed out loud on the bus too.
You do forget some times that your heroes were once kids too.

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  • 31-08-2018

Loved it.

I just loved it ! Very interesting stories, that give some perspective to some of the biggest names in the music industry. Thank you.

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  • 11-12-2020

Amazing!

what an amazing insight into the lives of the top musicians and their families lives from their upbringing to fame. And its got me listening to bands and music I'd heard of but never listen to. the chat at the end between Dave and his mum had me laughing out loud. Thank you Virginia for this amazing book.

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  • Mr. M. J. Ray
  • 13-05-2022

somewhat disappointed

lovely factual listening to many mothers of famous people, however as nice as it was to listen to Dave's mum, I was hoping for more from dave himself and about their relationship through his early year so a little disappointed.

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  • 25-04-2022

With a Mum like this, no wonder Dave is so beloved!

Such a great book - I loved it. Virginia is a natural story teller. And the little Mother & Son interview at the end is great

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  • Mrs smiley
  • 04-04-2022

Absolutely loved it.

A rare find. A great insight into the lives of music creators.... The Mothers of Music Makers. Well told Virginia and excellently narrated with that granny like soft, soothing voice. I loved it ❤️

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  • Sally Matthews
  • 31-03-2022

A great listen

A great listen. Enjoyable, insightful and well narrated. I love Dave Grohl's mum! What a wonderful woman.

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  • Janella
  • 10-03-2022

Amazing insights told in an interesting way

It's great to hear the author reading her own book in the way she envisaged it. the stories contained within are fascinating and interesting. I was intrigued by the artists I knew, especially Virginia's son, Dave. I learnt about a few musicians I'd never heard of before and subsequently listened to their music.

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  • Kate Housby
  • 02-02-2022

insightful

a great listen, full of short sharp stories... took a couple of weeks to complete as I listened to a chapter at a time doing odd jobs!
If you love great music this is for you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2021

excellent book

I absolutely loved this. a different perspective lovingly told; an excellent book, highly recommended

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  • Tony Bhoy
  • 22-10-2021

Wonderful woman

Most parents want their kids to study and become what they can be proud of. Well Dave’s mum let him get on with who he wanted to be. A wonderfully powerful insight to the path she led and the people she met supporting her son.

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  • Mrs. Joanne Jones
  • 22-08-2020

absulitley fantastic!

not only a fascinating insight into the families behind famous rockstars but notes on education and parenting and how to raise successful balanced and happy kids. loved every minute and the fantastic relationship that is evident between dave and Virginia is utterly heartwarming. loved it!!!

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