From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars By Virginia Hanlon Grohl

This book was so entertaining and thought-provoking! Virginia Hanlon Grohl explores the background of several music stars' moms and their relationships and influence. I was intrigued that, as a retired educator, she noticed patterns of these artists having difficulty fitting in at school. Their parents often advocated for their creative children to pursue their passions, as well as typically made large sacrifices of time and money. I was pleasantly surprised she chronicled a diversity of musical genres' high achievers. I figured I would enjoy this book, but Grohl has raised a heck of a kind and hardworking son and that was impressive and evident. I enjoyed learning about the struggles as well as the joys the parents and artists experienced. Highly recommended! Virginia Hanlon Grohl Started off really well, with interesting interviews but then tapered off. Perhaps I may have been more engaged if I was aware of more of the artists, but there were several that I didn't know about and this coloured my response.
I wanted more in depth interviews, but it was a very 'once over lightly' approach that left me quite unsatisfied.
Great idea, but didn't live up to its promise. Virginia Hanlon Grohl Very boring book. Every story was basically the same. Mrs. Grohl meets someone's mother and they serve coffee or tea and home baked whatever. Life was tough but these mothers were strict and loving and raised their children to do the right thing. Which is why Dr. Dre has five kids with four woman and has been accused of spousal abuse or why Amy Winehouse destroyed her life with drugs and alcohol.

Total piece of fluff. Not worth the paper it's written on. Virginia Hanlon Grohl I love stories. This is why most of my podcasts are items like The Moth, TED Talks, and Storycorps. This is a collection of stories from mom's who raised creative (now rockstar but not all rock-n-roll) kids. It was fun and interesting to see similar traits between the now famous children, but many different parenting styles.
I audiobooked this one and it is read by the author.
Virginia Hanlon Grohl Carrie says:
I am a huge Foo Fighters fan, and I was excited to read this book by the mother of frontman Dave Grohl. I thought it was an interesting take on a rock-and-roll memoir. Virginia Grohl tells us plenty about her son’s early life and how he became the rock star he is today, but she also talks with other moms who have raised rock stars. I enjoyed hearing her connect with them through their shared experiences. The story that stuck out to me the most was that of Mary Morello, Tom Morello’s (from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave) mother. She raised him in the Chicago area, and together they integrated Libertyville, IL. My dad grew up in Libertyville, and it was eye-opening for me to hear about life there in the late 1960s. If you want a peek into the lives of rock stars, I highly recommend this book. Virginia Hanlon Grohl

Written by Virginia Grohl, the mother of Dave Grohl—former Nirvana drummer and current frontman for the Foo Fighters—From Cradle to Stage shares stories and exclusive photos featuring mothers of rock icons, the icons themselves, and their Behind the Music-style relationships

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 wellbeing 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; 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. From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars

Interesting enough. Virginia Hanlon Grohl Not as enchanting as I expected. Not bad, though.
Good layout, insight, and writing. Interesting to have a glimpse of various artists' upbringings and childhood personalities.
Appreciated personal essays (and foreward).
Loved the final vignette. Helpful, maternal advice.
Agree: Faulkner is overrated.

Virginia Hanlon Grohl Looking for a summer read? You found it. This book is for music lovers. Virginia Hanlon Grohl meets with a slew of mothers, who share their point of view. Virginia Hanlon Grohl I wanted to love From the Cradle to the Stage, but alas I did not. Back in December I stumbled across the television documentary series based on this book on Paramount + from 2021. The show featured author Virginia Hanlon Grohl and her son Dave visiting a musician and their mothers to investigate the experience of raising and parenting a professional musician. I had anticipated that the book would be the same as the show – focusing on conversations between Virginia Grohl and the various mothers digging into their lives and their approaches to parenthood. Throwing in some fun anecdotes about these famous children and this should be a winner… but that’s not exactly how the book works, although it is laid out that way. But the way the chapters come together is much more Grohl telling her subjects’ story in an abbreviated way without allowing the details to enrich the narrative and largely without sharing their voices. Instead, go watch the six episodes which cover Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons and his mom Christene, Pharell Williams and his mom Dr. Carolyn Williams, Miranda Lambert and her mom Bev, Brandi Carlile and her mom Teresa, Tom Morello and his mom Mary (she’s freaking awesome), and Geddy Lee and his mom Mary Weinrib.

2.5, full review : Virginia Hanlon Grohl A bunch of fantastic stories in here. Mary Weinrib and Mary Morello's stories are my favorite and I'm so glad they were also recorded for the tv series. Mama Grohl seems so down-to-earth. Virginia Hanlon Grohl

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