Today’s Guest: Paul Brannigan, author, This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl
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I had a strange reaction to discovering a biography, This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, had been written about Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl:
Which doesn’t make sense, I know, coming after the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s landmark album, Nevermind.
PAUL BRANNIGAN podcast excerpt: “His mom, who is a high school teacher, said, ‘When Dave told me he was going to (drop out of high school), I said, “Hallelujah!” Because of all the things you’re good at, Dave, schoolwork is not one of them.”
But Grohl is so young, so vital, so active in today’s music scene that I thought maybe it wasn’t time yet because there are so many chapters still left to live – and then write.
Access, however, is everything, and British journalist Paul Brannigan, a former editor of Kerrang! magazine, has enjoyed a professional relationship with Grohl for the last 15 years.
Whether you’re a Nirvana fan or a Foo Fighters fan, there is a lot of fresh detail and insight to be found here. Access really makes the difference and Brannigan clearly had that. Besides, he answers the musical question: what is a Foo Fighter, anyway?
Paul Brannigan Order This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl