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This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl [Hardcover]

Paul Brannigan
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29 Sep 2011

‘Someone called and said Kurt died. I just f*****g lost it.’

He has sold over 40 million albums. He’s been in bands that have changed popular music forever. He saw his best friend commit suicide. He starts supergroups. He’s the nicest guy in rock.

From Nirvana to Foo Fighters, from brotherhood to bitter rivalry, from breathless highs to lifeless lows, Paul Brannigan gives an unparalleled, intimate and extraordinary account of the life and times of Dave Grohl.

In 1990, little-known punk-metal upstarts Nirvana added a new drummer to the band. They were soon to become a global phenomenon – but as we all know, things went wrong. Dave's friend Kurt, frontman of Nirvana, took his own life, plunging the band and their future into chaos. His friends’ grief was mirrored by worldwide sorrow to an unprecedented degree.

Defying expectations, a knack that was soon to become his trademark, Grohl refused to see it as the end. In 1995 his new band, the Foo Fighters, rose to join the pantheon of rock deities.

The 'wonder years' were by no means calm. The spotlit existence imposed by his celebrity status, the bellowed vilification by his critics and his high-speed lifestyle proved a dangerous cocktail.

With an account of Grohl’s life that is more personal than anything written before, more startling, more thrilling, more heart-rending and more inspiring, Paul Brannigan reveals Dave fully for the first time.

This is the story of the man who changed music forever.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007391218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007391219
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A music journalist for 20 years, Paul Brannigan currently contributes to Rolling Stone, Q, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines. The author of Sunday Times Bestseller 'This Is A Call', his latest book 'Birth School Metallica Death', co-written with Ian Winwood, has been nominated by The Sunday Times, The Independent and NME as one of the best music books of 2013.

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‘Grohl and his groups dissected with gumption.’ **** Mojo

‘Brannigan draws on his own interviews with Grohl, among others, to plot a compelling journey… ending with Foo Fighters headlining stadia. A big-hearted, fascinating read.’ Q

‘A rich history of recent pop music as it moves from punk and hard-core to grunge to indie bands’ New York Times

‘Impeccably-researched, thoroughly entertaining, and packed with rich new insights, This is a Call will enjoy a place among the absolute best music biographies of the past twenty years.’

‘A fascinating read… doesn’t skimp on entertaining anecdotes, juicy gossip or evidence of Grohl’s immense songwriting talent.’ Alternative Press

‘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

‘Dave Grohl’s tale covers so many bases after 30 or so years in the business that it takes a biographer of consummate skill to get it all down on paper without missing anything out. Fortunately, ex-Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan has what it takes…What lingers most is the expert way in which so many disparate slices of history are interlaced. After reading This Is a Call, you’ll know much more than you did before about the way that US hardcore merged into Seattle grunge, and how rock shed its skin in the 90s…It’s info such as that which makes this book essential.’ Record Collector

About the Author

Paul Brannigan has a professional relationship with Dave Grohl stretching back almost 15 years: "I would consider the two of us to be friends," Grohl told Brannigan when the pair last spent time together in Los Angeles. Brannigan is the former Editor of Kerrang! – the world's biggest weekly music magazine – and his writing on punk rock, grunge and hard rock have also appeared in the world renowned Q and Mojo magazines.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and engaging snapshot 12 Oct 2011
By MCDee
Written from the perspective of a former Editor, this work is well written and covers in great detail the various makings and breakings of Dave Grohl the individual, the front man and the genius.

Paul Brannigan has provided an entertaining and engaging snapshot into the life of the man that has featured prominently at various stages of the past twenty years in the music business.

The background given on the many players in the kaleidoscopic music scene of Grohl's youth and beyond enriches the text so that is is more than merely a reflection on one person alone. Thankfully, the story of Nirvana and Grohl's place in it is told proportionately to his many other exploits and avoids turning the book into a eulogy of what once was.

I highly recommend this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bio Of Modern Rock Legend!! 12 Jan 2014
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This is a really enjoyable read on Dave Grohl, tracing back to his early to being part of the best Grunge band on the planet, before fronting his own awesome modern rock band, a great read on a modern rock idol and true all round musician/singer songwriter!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 4 Jan 2014
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Very interesting and thoughtful read
Would recommend to anyone interested in Dave Grohl as a person

Loved this book xx
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and interesting read 3 Dec 2013
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I found this very entertaining and as this was my first book on Grohl/Nirvana this was a very interesting read. Got me to listening Nirvana again...
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I have read a few of these but this particular one truly concentrates on what Dave Grohl finds most important

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 23 Oct 2013
By kris
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A fascinating read for anyone who likes Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and music in general. A Great book! Go on, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Feb 2013
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A real heart felt in-depth look into the life of one of Rocks greastest icons! It really shows why he is such a nice guy after the life he lived, through Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and the tragedies along the way! A great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars k 3 July 2014
By nek
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great book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Brilliant account of the music of dave grohl without peering too deep into his private life. Also a brilliant alternative insight into the years of nirvana.
Published 20 days ago by Ryan Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it. Even those who don't know him.
A very good read and very informative of Dave Grohl a true lover of music and incredible multi talented musician. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. T. C. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good interesting if not quite enthralling
Would recommend best to read when u have time rather than over a long period as can then feel a bit slow but really interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Claire A. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Could more accurately be called the times of Dave Grohl (and a bit...
I am a fan of the Foos and Dave Grohl and have seen them live, watched films etc over the years so I thought that I'd enjoy this book and finding out more of Dave's backstory. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peashoot
1.0 out of 5 stars Not about Dave Grohl!
This book isn't really about Dave Grohl, it's more about the Washington punk scene with a few interview comments from Dave Grohl. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neil Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for
This book was really hard work to read. I bought it as I had hoped it would be similar to the Anthony Kiedis autobiography I read and enjoyed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. L. K. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave growl book
Bought this as a wee surprise for my son and he loves it. It is hard backed which is added advantage.
Published 10 months ago by Ms. P. Smith
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