Synopses & Reviews
This Is a Call
, the first in-depth, definitive biography of Dave Grohl, tells the epic story of a singular career that includes Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures. Based on ten years of original, exclusive interviews with the man himself and conversations with a legion of musical associates like Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, DC punk legend Ian MacKaye, and Nevermind
producer Butch Vig, this is Grohl's story. He speaks candidly and honestly about Kurt Cobain, the arguments that almost tore Nirvana apart, the feuds that threatened to derail the Foo Fighters's global success, and the dark days that almost caused him to quit music for good.
Dave Grohl has emerged as one of the most recognizable and respected musicians in the world. He is the last true hero to emerge from the American underground. This Is a Call vividly recounts this incredible rock 'n' roll journey.
"Brannigan not only offers a penetrating portrait of Grohl the man but also presents an indelible portrait of the American underground-rock scene." Booklist
"Brannigan salutes a musician who's surfaced, prosperous and sane, from the perils of an extended punk-rock adolescence that not all of his friends survived. Reverent and informative." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] well-researched bio....A fascinating read, This Is a Call doesn't skimp on entertaining anecdotes, juicy gossip or evidence of Grohl's immense songwriting talent." Alternative Press
"Grohl and his groups [are] dissected with gumption." Mojo
"The leader of the Foo Fighters comes off as music's most affable man, but it turns out there's more turmoil in the ranks than it seems." New York Daily News
"Quite an achievement...Brannigan draws on his own interviews with Grohl, among others, to plot a compelling journey....A big-hearted, fascinating read." Q Magazine
"[An] engaging and insightful bio...Brannigan puts Grohl's influences, inspirations, and early musical career into context....Those who want to get a better understanding of the musician will find this an entertaining and perhaps educational read." Publishers Weekly
"A rich history of recent pop music as it moves from punk and hard-core to grunge to indie bands....Students of that period will find much to dwell on here." New York Times Book Review
The first biography of Dave Grohl, drummer for the legendary band Nirvana and singer/songwriter for the Foo Fighters.
About the Author
Former editor of Kerrang! magazine Paul Brannigan is a respected authority on the punk scene in Washington, DC, where Dave Grohl cut his teeth. He has written about Grohl for Mojo magazine and lives in London.