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Virginia Hanlon Grohl’s book on rock n roll mothers being turned into TV series

By | Published on Friday 8 June 2018

Dave Grohl & Virginia Hanlon Grohl

You may remember that last year Dave Grohl’s mum – Virginia Hanlon Grohl – published a book in which she interviewed other rock n roll mothers. But now she’s realised that no one reads books anymore, so she’s turning it into a TV show.

The show, which, like the book, will be called ‘From Cradle To Stage’, is being made by Live Nation Productions. It’s the first telly project for the company as Live Nation, like all other major music companies, dabbles with the much more exciting world of movies and TV.

“At Live Nation Productions, we are proud to help artist’s share their stories in the most authentic way possible”, the company’s President Of Production, Film & Television, Heather Parry, tells Variety. “Virginia’s book aligns perfectly with that vision, highlighting an array of incredibly strong women, sharing true and unique perspectives of the mothers who raised some of our most celebrated rock stars”.

Grohl Sr says: “I’m excited to introduce the viewing public to the strong, loving women who have supported the insistent dreams of their musical sons and daughters. To Sandi Clark, who learned the music business from a book and launched her son’s career. And Mary Weinrib, who had to cancel her own dreams of an education to allow her son to thrive with Rush. To Janis Winehouse, who recognised her daughter’s extreme talent, but was helpless to control the demons that brought that brilliant career to a tragic end”.

She goes on: “Their backgrounds vary greatly, but they have so much in common. Viewers will join all the mothers around a table when they meet for the first time at a celebratory dinner where secrets and stories will be shared and compared. It’s possible that a toast will involve a wine from the Lambert family winery – and a glass of milk for Mary Morello!”

Grohl Jr adds: “I’m beyond excited to join in on the next step of my mother’s project to explore the stories of other musicians who were as fortunate as me, having been raised by such amazing women. Plus… I owe her one”.

No TV companies are as yet on board to air the show. But you can all come round my house and watch it on DVD if you like. Except you, Damon Albarn.