Dave Grohl may have been a punk upstart when he joined Nirvana in late 1990, but he’s become a grunge-rock godfather in the 30 years since then. First with Nirvana and then with his own band the Foo Fighters, Grohl has established a long history of success. Now, he’s putting pen to paper for a memoir, “The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music,” that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at his career.
Just a Power Trio from Seattle
Nirvana’s most famous lineup — Dave Grohl on drums, Kurt Cobain on guitar and Krist Novoselic on bass — released their major-label debut “Nevermind” in 1991. The music world was never the same as grunge killed the hair metal bands of the 1980s, and spandex was traded for flannel shirts. The album’s hit single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” is still a radio staple decades later.
The band flamed out almost as quickly as it appeared. Cobain committed suicide in April 1994, and the band’s limited discography only hinted at what it might have done with more time. The grunge torch passed to bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains.
Dave Grohl’s Next Moves
After Nirvana dissolved, Dave Grohl had two options: rest on his laurels or keep moving forward. Novoselic chose the former option. Grohl? He kept on rocking. In 1994, he formed the Foo Fighters. Since the band’s debut album in 1995, it’s won 11 Grammy awards and performed sold-out stadium shows across the world.
Grohl always has time for side projects he finds interesting. He’s had guest stints in bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Killing Joke and Garbage. In 2013, he tried a new role — documentarian — as he directed “Sound City” about the iconic Los Angeles recording studio.
Dave Grohl, Storyteller
It’s no surprise Grohl is tackling a memoir given his eclectic creative endeavors. He described the project to Kerrang! in a recent interview.
“From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters … the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.”
Music fans are looking forward to his book with “much excitement” too!