When the Foo Fighters played the Molson Amphitheatre last year, an older woman was standing side stage. That was Ginny Grohl, Dave’s mom. She was in town for a chat with Mary Weinrib, the mother of Geddy Lee of Rush. Why? Research.
At the encouragement of her multi-media-savvy son, Virginia Hanlon Grohl set out to write a book what it’s like to raise a budding rocker. The result, From Cradle to the Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, features interviews with Momma Weinrib, Marianne Stipe (mother of Michael), Hester Diamond (mom to Mike D of the Beastie Boys), Dr. Dre’s mother, Verna Griffin and even Janis Winehouse, mother of Amy.
Two years in the making, the book also includes a forward by son Dave.
Were they as surprised as she was about their children’s fame? Did they worry about their children’s livelihood and wellbeing in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children’s passions despite the odds against success, or attempt to dissuade them from their grandiose dreams? Do they remind their kids to pack a warm coat when they go on tour?
From Cradle for Stage is set for release on April 25–just in time for Mother’s Day, natch–and is available for pre-order here. Expect a lot of baby pictures.