"Brannigan draws on his own interviews with Grohl, among others, to plot a compelling journey that begins in Washington's punk clubs with Grohl's group Scream living with female mud-wrestlers, before exploring the chaos that was Nirvana, and ending with Foo Fighters headlining stadia. A big-hearted, fascinating read."
"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"
Buffalo News, 9/23/11
“Getty Images Offers a thorough—if unauthorized—biography touching on all aspects of Grohl’s career, and paints a fully detailed portrait of the man. Brannigan’s knowledge of his subject is encyclopedic, based on his own interviews, and worth celebrating simply for the manner in which he is able to place Grohl’s work in the context of post-punk history.”
“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.”
Alternative Press, December 2011
“[A] well-researched bio…A fascinating read, This Is a Call doesn’t skimp on entertaining anecdotes, juicy gossip or evidence of Grohl’s immense songwriting talent.”
New York Daily News, 10/28/11
“The leader of the Foo Fighters comes off as music’s most affable man, but it turns out there’s more turmoil in the ranks than it seems.”
“[Brannigan] manages to paint a picture of the musical atmosphere that tracks Grohl’s beginnings in punk, through his place in grunge history with Nirvana and up to the Foo’s latest album, ‘Wasted Light.’ The book is filled with vivid details of the different worlds while following Grohl’s growing influence on them…Brannigan throws color into moments and sets musical scenes that you can actually hear…Brannigan knows exactly where to put in a quote and when to use his own knowledge and criticism to push the story forward. His writing has the rhythms and attitudes of the music he describes…A book worth reading for its scope as a series of snapshots of a legendary musical journey.”
“Brannigan’s book is an exceptional companion piece to the documentary, though certainly has the ability to stand alone as an extraordinary work of the history of Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters, and Nirvana, as well as a host of other local scenes and the music world in general…Most of us already know a lot of the stories that go along with Nirvana, but certainly not to the extent, and not to the depth that Brannigan covers…if you’re a fan of Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, punk music, hell just music in general, you’ll want to get this book for yourself and dogear the pages.”
“A well-told testament to a true believer’s perseverance.”
“Brannigan…scored amazing access to his subject and the people with whom Grohl worked…Brannigan explores Grohl's early punk influences in great detail and the meteoric rise of Nirvana, offering a frightening insight into the music industry…Grohl's road to success post-Nirvana is an inspiring, honest story.”
“A rich history of recent pop music as it moves from punk and hard-core to grunge to indie bands…Students of that period will find much to dwell on here.”