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Dave Grohl to publish memoir, The Storyteller

By | Published on Wednesday 7 April 2021

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl has announced that he will publish an autobiography of sorts later this year. Titled ‘The Storyteller’, the book will be a collection of short stories drawn from Grohl’s life.

If this all sounds slightly familiar, there is a reason for that. One of the big positives of early lockdown last year was the launch of Dave Grohl’s Instagram account, via which he said he would begin publishing short stories from his life. Then, because everything was disappointing in 2020, he published a grand total of five over the course of three months, before the whole thing ground to a halt.

Anyway, he didn’t stop writing those stories, he just stopped posting them. But come October you’ll be able to read them all in ‘The Storyteller’.

“There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling”, says Grohl. “Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life. This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being”.

“In March 2020, realising that my day job with the Foo Fighters was going to go on hold, I started an Instagram account and decided to focus all of my creative energy on writing some of my stories down, something I love doing but I’ve never really had the time for”, he says.

“I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was the same as the feeling I get when playing a song to an audience, so I kept on writing. The response from readers was as soul-filling as any applause in an arena”.

Instagram likes don’t pay the bills though, which is presumably why the remainder of those stories were funnelled into the less immediate book form. It will, promises Grohl, feature “a collection of memories of a life lived loud”.

Publisher Simon & Schuster’s Ian Marshall comments: “I don’t think I have ever seen such universal excitement in a company, with so many of my colleagues sharing their very personal memories of Dave and his music. But, in the end, what really sets this book apart is the sheer brilliance of the writing: this is a rock memoir that will set the standard for a generation to come, as he truly is THE storyteller”.

If waiting until October for all this seems unbearable and what you’d really like now is some more free internet-based content, don’t worry, here’s an eleven and a half minute audio trailer: