Dave Grohl’s Mom to Release Book of Interviews with Mothers of Rock Stars
As the mother of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Virginia Hanlon Grohl certainly has a unique perspective on parenthood — and it's one she shares with the other rock star moms she interviewed for her upcoming book.
Due in stores next April, From Cradle to Stage: Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars lives up to its title through interviews with a list of rock moms that includes the women who raised Michael Stipe, Amy Winehouse, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine, among others.
"As Virginia watched her son's star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars," reads the publisher's press release for the book. "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?"
From Cradle to Stage, which is available for pre-order now, also includes Grohl family photos — further evidence of the strong family bond familiar to longtime Foo fans who've seen Virginia show up at the band's concerts (and heard Dave's tribute to her in the band's Wasting Light track "Arlandria").
"It's very exciting to see the buildup when his band plays, to hear the roar of the crowd," Virginia is quoted as saying of her son's success. "When I was teaching, I had a senior class and had just come back from time on the road with Nirvana. I said to the class 'I've been teaching for 30 years and had all kinds of successes, but I've never had a roar.' Then one day I was called out of the room. When I came back, the class gave me a roar."
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