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1.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointing and irritating read, 27 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Dave Grohl: "Foo Fighters", "Nirvana" and Other Misadventures: "Foo Fighters", "Nirvana" and Other Misadventures (Paperback)
I have been a fan of Dave Grohl since Nirvana, and am, if anything an even bigger fan of Foo Fighters and side projects such as his work with QOTSA. So I was really looking forward to reading Martin James "biography" to find out a bit more of Dave Grohl's history, what drives him etc. I use the word Biography very loosely, as it's basically a discography with bits from interviews thrown in. There is nothing contained in this book that you couldn't find out from existing websites or interviews.
Compounding this is James' extremely irritating style, and what seems to be a complete lack of copyediting. I lost count of the number of typo's about two chapters in, and James frequently spells band names or peoples surnames wrong - I noted a couple of times where he had the correct spelling and a wrong one in the same paragraph! For me this made it almost unreadable.
On top of this, you get lengthy descriptions of the every song Grohl was ever involved in. nothing more than you would get from listening to his albums, (which i would presume the average reader probably would have done a couple of times!), and absolutely NO information on grohls upbringing, his family or his life. I don't want a gossip-laden book, but to simply state in one sentence that Dave had got married, when pages are devoted to describing each song really irritated me. As a girly fan, I wanted pictures of what Dave looked like as a kid, details about what he was like growing up, that kind of thing!
As other reviewers have already stated, the book seemed very hastily put together. The author is fond of pointing out how much Dave Grohl wasn't cashing in on Nirvanas fame (I actually agree with him on this point!), I feel that he is cashing in on Dave's fame without really adding any value to the information that is readily avaliable to anyone who can read a magazine or look up a website.
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