May Book Review: From Cradle to Stage by Virginia Hanlon Grohl
I am a die-hard Foo Fighters fan. It all began when I was about 12 and saw Dave Grohl in his Learning to Fly music video dressed in drag. This guy has no shame AND he’s a hell of a performer. I still follow the Foo Fighters eager that they will tour again soon. They are on my concert bucket list! When I saw that his mom had written a book interviewing other mom’s of rock stars, I was immediately curious.
The format of this book was unusual but really easy to enjoy! Virginia includes “Vinguettes” from her personal experience raising a rock star sprinkled in between her interviews with the other moms. 18 Mom’s are interviewed in total ranging from Miranda Lambert’s mom to Dr. Dre’s mom. It’s a great mix of variety in terms of stories and the paths these artists took.
Even thought I am not a mom yet I really appreciated the stories and advice each mom had to offer when raising their creative child. Here are a few things I loved while reading From Cradle to Stage.
It takes a lot of patience and love to raise a rock star. Imagine if your child came to and told you that they wanted to tour with a band instead of go to school. Each mother interviewed in this book had this come up at one point during their child’s path to stardom. They each handled the situation very well. While they all had fears they were supportive of their child’s dream and the sacrifices it takes.
Mom’s are the first to sense problems. From Amy Winehouse’s mom watching her daughter fall to addiction to Kurt Cobain’s mother seeing him struggle with fame these mom’s knew their kid was in trouble early on. These two interviews were heartbreaking to read. As many of you know Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 and Kurt Cobain died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Reading their mother’s recollections of their lives was both touching and gut-wrenching. I couldn’t imagine how they felt after losing their child.
All the artists had something in common: they were all hyper as kids. I found this really interesting! They were loud, rambunctious and creative from an early age which translated to a successful career as a music artist as an adult. The patience these mom’s had for their chaotic children paid off big time!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was packed full of wonderful interviews and lots of great stories from each rock stars life. Hearing them from a mother’s perspective was enjoyable. If you love music whether it be rock, country, pop or even rap…From Cradle to Stage has stories we can all appreciate!