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This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl Paperback – February 5, 2013
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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.”
Rock Cellar Magazine, February 2012
“A richly-detailed (and endlessly entertaining) insider account of the eventful career of the Foo Fighters front man and ex-Nirvana drummer…This is a Call presents a side of Grohl that the fans and public aren’t always allowed to see.”
Any rock music collection will find this an outstanding and popular choice.”
“A refreshing and thorough look into the life and psyche of one of the most vital and relevant forces in rock music today. Get it, ‘cause it’ll probably rank as the definitive one.”
FHM, August 2012
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The first few chapters on Dave's early life (up to about page 120) were dull and lacked coherence. The author seemed more interested in name dropping other bands in the "underground DC punk scene" than talking about Grohl's life. I didn't buy the book to hear about how good other underground punk bands were during this time. I understand that they were a major influence on him, but just say that, no need to go into exhaustive detail in naming each band and the front-man/guitarist/drummer etc.I wish he would have talked more about Grohl's early life.
The book really comes to life when Grohl joins Nirvana. The author dedicates quite a large portion of the book to this part of his life, even though Grohl's stint as the drummer only lasted a few years. I didn't mind this, however, since Nirvana was such a great band and I enjoyed learning more about them.
The majority of Grohl's musical career has been during his time as the Foo Fighter's front man (16 years and counting) and yet this is only about a third of the book. The author decided to just sum up most of what was done in the Foo Fighters in short, sometimes bland, paragraphs. Despite this, I greatly enjoyed learning more about this time and I look forward to Grohl eventually writing and autobiography.
All in all I am happy that i read it, just because I am such a huge Dave Grohl fan, but it does leave something more to be desired.Read more ›
While reading the first few chapters, when we're getting to know the young Dave and the musical era he grew up in, I felt like I was getting a very detailed, yet never boring lesson into punk rock history. Not only learning about the music that inspired him, but also about the various bands he was a part of and the way his passion for music kept growing. Very interesting for me (since I wasn`t even born back then) to get an idea of what times were like in the 70s and 80s (music wise).
Equally interesting is it to read about this passionate young guy who has no idea what lies in store for him as he joins Nirvana. I can`t even imagine what a whirlwind it must have been!
Brannigan spends ample amount of time on Grohl`s band mates as well, which in my opinion ads more dept to the book.
After reading this book and having seen put together all the work that Grohl has created, you can`t be anything else but impressed. I found it really inspiring to read about a person who is so talented and dedicated to follow his dreams and stay positive and down to earth at the same time.
What I enjoyed the most though, was listening to (a lot of) the songs mentioned in the book while reading. I thoroughly enjoyed listening again to those songs I already knew and loved (but now with more context to place them in) and of course also listening to the songs I didn`t know before.
In the end, it`s all about the music.
I agree that Nirvana is an important band and I enjoyed learning more about Grohl's role in it. Still, Grohl has spent more than five times as long in FF as he did in Nirvana. I feel as if the emphasis of the book should have been less about Grohl's environs and more about the man himself.
This is an interesting read and I blew threw it in four days. It's just that a book with this title should primarily focus on the man, not on the DC punk scene and the inner workings of Nirvana, a band whose history has been well documented in other books.
First half of the book gets zero stars, second half is far superior--I would almost recommend just skipping to page 146 to start the book. Not surprised this book is unauthorized, despite the author's frequent mention of time spent with Dave.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read for anyone, a book about Dave Grohl and his journey from his interest in music to what he used to propel him to true stardom was great.Published 5 days ago by Andy Keith
Overall not bad, but much of the book was spent on the time of Dave and as much on his life.Published 13 days ago by Cheapskate
One of the best books ever written about Dave! One of the reasons why I still love Nirvana!Published 22 days ago by phyllis hutchinson
Very well written. He's the best drummer in the world! Even better than Travis Barker and Mike Portnoy!Published 1 month ago by estelle warren
This book is a good read. I was interested in finding a biography on him just to get his side of the story about him rerecording nearly all of the drum tracks on Color and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reviewer
He's a better philosopher than a drummer. One of the main reasons why I was inspired to form my own band. Thanks!Published 2 months ago by Mae
It's so nice to see a former Kurt Cobain protege evolve musically and philosophically. Great rea.dPublished 2 months ago by Samantha
Not bad. The first half of the book is about Nirvana, Dave Grohl was only in the band for a few years, it focuses more on his beginnings in Nirvana than the last 20 years as the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer