“From the second I saw Dave’s first post on Instagram, I knew I was going to publish his book. Well, to be honest, I’ve been hoping to publish Dave Grohl’s book since I became a book editor. I’m a Gen-Xer. I’m from Virginia just like Dave. We grew up listening to a lot of the same music. I’ve always admired his Puckish personality and his awesome musicianship. It turns out that he can write with as much energy and passion as he performs. Plus, he’s a spectacular human who cares deeply about his mom, his family, his bandmates, music, art and the world. All of that passion comes through in his stories and in THE STORYTELLER. I am a lucky editor indeed, but mostly because I get to read the book first,” says Thornton.
Dave Grohl is a 16-time Grammy-winning musician and 2-time Emmy-winning director.
Dave Grohl has been one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international music scene since his recorded debut with Nirvana on 1991’s generation defining NEVERMIND. Grohl took centre stage with Foo Fighters’ 1995 self-titled debut, the first album in massive 12-Grammy-winning catalogue that now includes THE COLOUR & THE SHAPE (1997), THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (1999), ONE BY ONE (2002), IN YOUR HONOR (2005), ECHOES, SILENCE, PATIENCE & GRACE (2007), WASTING LIGHT (2011), SONIC HIGHWAYS (2014), CONCRETE AND GOLD (2017) and, most recently, MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT (2021).
Grohl has a well-earned reputation as a prolific collaborator: His various endeavours have included ‘Cut Me Some Slack’, written and recorded with Paul McCartney and Grohl‘s Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear; Them Crooked Vultures, formed with Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age‘s Joshua Homme, late legends David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, as well as Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Elton John, Nine Inch Nails, Roger Taylor and Brian Mayof Queen, to name a few.
In 2013, Grohl made his debut as a feature director/producer with the acclaimed documentary Sound City. Named for the Van Nuys CA studio where Nirvana recorded NEVERMIND in 1991, which would sell more than 30 million copies and transform the modern musical landscape. Premiering to unanimous raves at Sundance and achieving a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, Sound City focused both on the history of the legendary studio and on the ongoing fight to preserve the human element of music. Hailed by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone as an “exhilarating documentary about what makes life worth living”, by The New York Times as “candy to several generations’ worth of rock fans” and NPR as “a celebration of just how unbelievably awesome it is to make rock music for a living”, Sound City has since been certified as a Gold Longform Video by the RIAA, while the SOUND CITY—REAL TO REEL companion album took the 2013 Grammys for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Rock Song (‘Cut Me Some Slack’).