Just when you thought Dave Grohl couldn’t get any cooler he shows he’s lovely to his mammy as well!
Dave Grohl’s mam Virginia Hanlon Grohl has written a book about rock star life but from a mother’s perspective.
In her new book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, the former English school teacher interviews fellow moms of famous musicians.
Virginia Hanlon Grohl speaks to the mothers of Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Rush’s Geddy Lee, Miranda Lambert, Amy Winehouse and more.
Virgina’s famous son has been showing support for his mam’s new book and tweeted a lovely post saying “… there is no love like a mother’s love. It is life’s greatest song, we are all indebted to the woman who have given us life. For without them, there would be no music.”
Grohl has also written the forward for his Mam’s new book. In it, the Foo Fighter’s front man speaks of his mother’s interview with Amy Winehouse’s mam Janis Winehouse, stating “The Amy Winehouse story hits close to home because there are some parallels between Amy and Kurt [Cobain].”
Dave Grohl also writes that his mother “understands there are some kids who work outside of conventional systems” in the forward.
Virginia Hanlon Grohl who has attended a heap of her son’s shows with Nirvana and Foo Fighters over the years, recently sat down with Rolling Stone ahead of the release of From Cradle to Stage. She opened up about where she found the inspiration for the book, saying that she was always surprised by how rare it was to run into other mothers of rock stars at their shows and on the road.
Virginia, who is in her late seventies, ended up interviewing a total of 18 mothers. “They all said, ‘Oh, there’s nothing interesting about me except for my son or daughter.’ And then it turned out that wasn’t true at all,” she said.
“Mike D’s mom, Hester Diamond, is a very high-powered woman in the art world,” Virginia says. “When Mike wanted to be a Beastie kind of boy, she was totally accepting.”
The book also reveals how Miranda Lambert’s mum used to be a private investigator and how Geddy Lee’s mum, Mary Weinrib, was a Holocaust survivor who raised a family alone after her husband died.
Speaking of her own son, Dave Grohl, Virginia writes, “I didn’t need to tell him that even when we just had peanut butter and jelly for dinner he should still say thank you. He thanked me every time.”
‘From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars’ is set to be released on April 18.