Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to publish memoir of ‘a life lived loud’ | Ents & Arts News

Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is releasing a book, packed full of memories and anecdotes from his life.

Titled The Storyteller, the 52-year-old says it will be “a collection of memories of a life lived loud” and is set to feature stories of his encounters with his former Nirvana bandmate, the late Kurt Cobain, David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

The book will also see the Foo Fighters guitarist talk about his upbringing in Washington DC and his hopes of seeing the world when he left home at 18.

He will give fans an insight into what it’s like playing drums for Tom Petty on Saturday Night Live, swing dancing with AC/DC and performing at the White House.

Over lockdown, the former Nirvana drummer started an Instagram account, @davestruestories, to share anecdotes with his fans as the music industry went on hold.

Grohl said: “There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling.

“Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life.

“This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being.

“In March 2020, realising that my day job with the Foo Fighters was going to go on hold, I started an Instagram account and decided to focus all of my creative energy on writing some of my stories down, something I love doing but I’ve never really had the time for.

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“I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was the same as the feeling I get when playing a song to an audience, so I kept on writing.

“The response from readers was as soul-filling as any applause in an arena.

“So, I took stock of all the experiences I’ve had in my life – incredible, difficult, funny and emotional – and decided it was time to finally put them into words.

“Now with the amazing people at Simon & Schuster I’m excited and honoured to announce The Storyteller, a collection of memories of a life lived loud.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival at The Park at Harlinsdale on Sunday, September 22, 2019, in Franklin, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP).
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Grohl has shared anecdotes with fans on Instagram during lockdown. Pic: Al Wagner/Invision via AP

“From my early days growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, to hitting the road at the age of 18, and all the music that followed, I can now share these adventures with the world, as seen and heard from behind the microphone. Turn it up!”

Ian Marshall, deputy publishing director of non-fiction for Simon & Schuster UK, said: “I don’t think I have ever seen such universal excitement in a company, with so many of my colleagues sharing their very personal memories of Dave and his music.

“But, in the end, what really sets this book apart is the sheer brilliance of the writing: this is a rock memoir that will set the standard for a generation to come, as he truly is THE storyteller.”

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