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The Dave Grohl Story [Hardcover]

Jeff Apter
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Book Description

7 Aug 2006
Teenage punk, self-taught musician, bandleader, session man, smoker, drinker, multi-millionaire, David Grohl has achieved a rare feat - a rock 'n' roll double crown having been a member of two hugely successful and influential bands - Nirvana and The Foo Fighters. Loaded with candid interviews and hard truths about Grohl's life in music, this is the first comprehensive biography of an icon whose career charts rock and roll's rise and fall over the past two decades. It details his drumming and touring with Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails, and his battle over Nirvana's legacy with Courtney Love.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; First Edition edition (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846094801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846094804
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,571,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In a career spanning more than 20 years I've written 15 commercially and critically well-received books, including biographies of 'Shirley' Strachan from Skyhooks and Dragon's Marc Hunter.

I also co-wrote the recent Kasey Chambers memoir, called A Little Bird Told Me, and worked with Mark Evans of AC/DC on his bestseller, Dirty Deeds. Kasey's book was part of the '50 Books You Can't Put Down' / Get Reading program in 2011, while Mark's book made NPR's best music books of 2011 list.

In 2005, I worked with test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater on his book, Slats.
My other books include studies of Jeff Buckley (which has been adapted for a feature film), the Finn brothers and Keith Urban. My books have been translated into numerous languages. I was ghostwriter on a project called In Harm's Way, the story of a former Australian soldier and his attempts to emancipate two children in Lebanon.

My biography of Johnny O'Keefe, out through Hachette Australia, has been really well received. It was the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week in their August 10 issue; likewise The Age and the Canberra Times. It was also selected as one of Dymocks key books for Father's Day 2013. Up From Down Under: How Australian Music Changed the World was released in November 2013.

I'm a senior writer for Oz Rolling Stone (where I was on staff for several years) and also write for South Coast Style and the Sydney Morning Herald. I was the music reviewer for The Bulletin for many years and was a senior writer for Vogue. I also contribute to on-line mag the Hoopla.
I'm on Facebook and can also be reached through this site. I'm represented by literary agency Curtis Brown.

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" ... a well-researched and balanced portrait ... handily doubles
as an excellent overview of alternative rock in the last quarter century."
-- Kerrang!

Apter's biography is well-written and well-balanced -- rock sound

For fans of the Foos and Nirvana this is nothing short of
essential. -- Record Collector

He [Apter] has clearly done his research and provides plenty of interesting details -- Q

The Dave Grohl Story is thoroughly entertaining and informative. -- play music

From the Author

Although I don't have a problem with EM Robinson expressing an opinion about my Dave Grohl bio, and sharing it with the world, I do dispute part of that review. This book contains dozens of new and fresh interviews with friends, colleagues and peers of Grohl, as well as previously unpublished interviews that I'd conducted with Grohl and the Foo Fighters while I was with Rolling Stone magazine. I'd like to think that this is the most detailed, accurate — and, hopefully, entertaining — book about Dave Grohl on the shelves. Stating that I'd 'gleaned . . . all [my] information' from other sources is both incorrect and misleading. The mainly positive press reviews of this book prove that The Dave Grohl Story is far more than some lazy cut-and-paste job.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old version, new cover 12 Jun 2008
By Heather
Don't waste your money on the revised version, 2008 - it doesn't take the story beyond 2005! Lazy editing, didn't even add to the discography, which wouldn't have taken a lot of work. Why bring out a revised version that doesn't add to the original? Get yourself a cheap second-hand copy of the earlier edition or buy one of the genuinely updated biographies - there's been a rash of them this month!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Grohl Book! 27 Aug 2006
By shl
The wait has now finished and i am impressed. I little disappointed on E.M.Robinsons review (he obviously has no clue). Very well written and researched. Jeff Apter knows his stuff (and grohl's as well), he is yet to disappoint me with any of his books. Its definitly by far the best Grohl book i have ever read. This book is highly recommened.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT DULL IN PLACES 3 July 2011
By BAZ316
reading this will give you great insight into DAVE GROHL,but be prepared for what seems at times to be a history lesson.
It is very well written by someone who clearly knows their stuff on the subject at hand,but it did have me wanting them to just get on with at at times.
I am certanily not sorry i read this,as i now know a lot about someone i greatly admire,but i found myself agreeing with my brother,who had read it just before me,that it is a really good book bogged down by a lot of facts.
And as much as i respect this is written by someone who has done a lot of research and knows what they are talking about,it is also a book that some may find too frustrating to read for long periods.
So well worth reading,but not gripping,and i know i'm not the only one to have this opinion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Might suit some 12 Dec 2006
Well researched timeline of Dave's rock world. Would have preferred a 1st person account of the life and times of DG( eg, "Scar Tissue" - Anthony Kiedis story). I'm a huge Grohl fan, but this book left me unfulfilled.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I waited in anticipation for this new book but was bitterly disappointed, the author has gleaned all his information from previous writings and internet sites and has fleshed out the book with american and iconic history (which sent me to sleep several times!) not as enthralling as 'Scar Tissue' on the RHCP front man, sorry but this book has as much entertainment value as lumpy custard.
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