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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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excellent book

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

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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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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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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.