April 24, 2017


Watch Dave Grohl Talk to His Mother, Virginia, About Her Book on Rock Star Moms

Last week, Dave Grohl's mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, dropped a book about rockers' moms. To celebrate From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, they two spoke onstage at the Los Angeles Times' Festival of Books. Watch above for a well-filmed chunk of the high-spirited conversation, which includes talk of how Virginia introduced Dave to a wide variety of music as a child. You'll be sad when it cuts off at the end.

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From Cradle to Stage features interviews with the mothers of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Amy WinehouseAdam Levine, the HAIM sisters and Beastie Boys' Mike D. Ms. Grohl told her Foo Fighters frontman son that her favorite interview may have been Dr. Dre's mother, Verna Griffin. "She had such a compelling, sad, tragic story from beginning to—if you've seen Straight Outta Compton, you know that story—and it's amazing. And she's more fun than anybody on Earth, she's just great."

An excerpt from the official description of Virginia Hanlon Grohl's book goes:

"[As] Virginia watched her son's star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children's fame? Did they worry about their children's livelihood and wellbeing in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children's passions despite the odds against success, or attempt to dissuade them from their grandiose dreams? Do they remind their kids to pack a warm coat when they go on tour?"

Next, watch Dave Grohl talk to Fuse about baby poop back in the day: