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" For fans of the Foos and Nirvana this is nothing short of essential" - Record Collector "...a well-researched and balanced portrait of this ex-'punk pothead' ... handily doubles as an excellent overview of alternative rock in the last quarter century" - Kerrang!

About the Author

Jeff Apter has been writing about music and popular culture for more than 15 years, having spent five years as Music Editor at Australian Rolling Stone. This is his third book for Omnibus Press, the first was Fornication: the Red Hot Chili Peppers Story, followed by Never Enough: The Story of The Cure. He is currently a contributing editor to GQ magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781846097621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846097621
  • ASIN: 1846097622
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career spanning more than 25 years I've written 20 commercially and critically well-received books, including biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers and Jeff Buckley.

I 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. I also helped Michael Browning with his memoir Dog Eat Dog and assisted Richard Clapton with The Best Years of our Lives.

In 2005, I worked with test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater on his book, Slats.
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 next co-write, The Fighter, is the story of Paul 'Warlord' Warren, a Muay Thai champion who now works with soldiers confronting psychological and physical hardships. Paul tripped an IED and lost a leg in Afghanistan.

My biography of Johnny O'Keefe was the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week in their August 10 2013 issue; likewise The Age and the Canberra Times. It was also selected as one of Dymocks key books for Father's Day 2013. My new book, Tragedy: The Sad Ballad of the Gibb Brothers (out August 2015) was also Fairfax's Pick of the week.

I'm a senior writer for Oz Rolling Stone (where I was on staff for several years) and also write for the Sydney Morning Herald. I was the music reviewer for The Bulletin for many years and was a senior writer for Vogue.

I'm on Facebook and can also be reached through this site. I'm represented by literary agency Cameron Creswell. See www.jeffapter.com.au

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Bought this for my husband who is a huge Foo fan, and he loved it. My 14 year old daughter read it. She loves Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl, but said it had a lot of details that didn't really have to do with Dave Grohl. She said it focused a lot on other bands and music. Her summation was that if you really love the Foo Fighters or Dave Grohl, it's worth slogging through the extraneous stuff to get to the info on Dave.
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The information about Dave Grohl was very interesting. However, I did not care to know the history of the town he was born in or grow up in, especially all the way back to, practically, its settlment by Europeans. I would rather have read more about Dave or Nirvana or the Foo Fighters. Of course, if you're a history buff you may like it even more.
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Iam not one to do book reviews usually but this book needed one.As stated by other reviewers there is to much irrelevent history discussed in this book.I dont need to know drawn out details about his town,dog breeders ,aunt, neighbors etc.etc. I think the dave grohl story is in here somewhere ,its just there is to much other boring stuff to read through to get to that story.I have been a foo fighters fan since there first album and own all of there cd's, dvd's and have seen them live numerous times,"IAM A HUGE FAN'.In the end i couldn't even finish reading this book.The only positive to come from any of this is that my 3 year old foo figther loving son,loved the pictures in the book!
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I read this book because I'm interested in Dave Grohl's personality and talent. What influences shaped the zany persona of videos and what causes him to write the trademark "slow & soft to mind-blowing cacophony" progression of many Foo Fighter songs? Before reading this I didn't know much about him at all, so anything was welcome. There isn't all that much of a personal nature here because Dave Grohl was not interviewed. Still, what is presented is well done and seems well documented and competently written. Overall I'd recommend this book to anyone who doesn't know anything about Dave Grohl or the history of Nirvana and grunge.
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GQ magazine writer and rock 'n' roll enthusiast Jeff Apter presents The Dave Grohl Story, the first comprehensive, illustrated biography of rock icon Dave Grohl from Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. A handful of black-and-white photographic plates dot this chronicle of how Grohl, a suburbanite by birth, taught himself drum playing in his bedroom beating pillows with stolen marching sticks, lied his way into a drummer's spot in the late 80's outfit Scream, and happened to be spotted by Chris Novoselic and Kurt Cobain. Although Grohl considered leaving music after Cobain's tragic suicide, his solo project, the Foo Fighters, rekindled his spirit and contribution to the music world. An in-depth, highly accessible biography offering a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the rock-'n'-roll scene.
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