The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

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Written By: Dave Grohl

Narrated By: Dave Grohl

Date: October 2021

Duration: 10 hours 35 minutes


Read by Dave Grohl. Features excerpts from five never before heard demos performed by Dave Grohl and an original story exclusive to The Storyteller audiobook.

So, I've written a book.

Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ('It's a piece of cake! Just do four hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!') I have decided to tell these stories just as I have always done, in my own voice. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child. 

This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. 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. 


  • Mark L.

    I'm generally not a fan of audio books, yet I could not stop listening to Dave Grohl tell his stories. He was so authentic, real, heartfelt, funny and inspiring during the hours I listened that I admire him even more. What a wonderful human being!!! I would recommend this book to anyone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic - hearing Dave tell his story was even better than reading it. Funny, inspiring, fascinating, and engaging. If you're a Nirvana and/or FF fan, you will love this book. This made me admire him even more than before. What a down-to-earth, humble, grateful guy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    As Dave would say, this book is F-ing AWESOME !! I laughed out loud, sobbed at points, and teared up often. Listened to the whole thing in one sitting. And still want more !! Thanks, Dave !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kerri N.

    What a great listen! Dave did an excellent job narrating and balancing humor with heart. Would recommend this book to anyone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Melissa T.

    Dave is funny as hell, so incredibly passionate about music and his family, and walks through life with an enormous amount of gratitude. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • JF B.

    Dave Grohl reads the book with all of the emotions that come with every event, every anecdote, every moment. I absolutely loved every minute of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • David B.

    This is one of the most profound life stories I have listened to in my years of audio books. My new found respect for David is immeasurable. A MUST READ/LISTEN TO!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Martin T.

    I can’t cease to to be amazed by Dave Grohl, as a drummer, guitarist, singer, song writer, producer, director, all round good guy, and now author! Great book read with tremendous enthusiasm!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Bonnie C.

    Thank you Dave Grohl for sharing stories from your life and telling those stories as if you were right there with me instead of reading a book into a microphone. I felt like I was listening to an old friend. I have recommended this book to everyone of my friends and have been thanked by the ones who have listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Simply the greatest narrated book ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    DAVE GROHL is an amazing story teller, songwriter, artist, and performer

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mark N.

    Killer listen! Been a fan since NIRVANA. I’m an amateur drummer and I too play drums with my teeth. The story about the “kitten “ with his mom at his studio was one of many great stories. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sarah R.

    Definitely recommend. This was a fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Shannon H.

    David Grohl is a Great storyteller. Really enjoyed listening to stories about some of the Greatest musicians that have ever lived like you had a front row seat to their lives

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael Z.

    One of the best musicians in the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jose victor G.

    I’ve loved nirvana / and the foos since their inception… I particularly loved Dave and his attitude towards life specially his genuine way of expensing himself . This book is just a confirmation of What I’ve always thought of the guy … with an in-depth view on his believes and philosophy on life !!! Great read !!! And long live rock n roll !!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Wes T.

    Ditto the positive reviews below. He is so funny and his story is very interesting, whether you are into him because of Foo Fighters, Nirvana or are just a music fan. Rather than tell every little intricate detail about his life up to this point, he seems to choose some of the most poignant stories and goes mostly in chronological order. I am looking forward to reading his Mom’s book also. He was lucky to have her and her support for his ambitions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Shawn M.

    LOVED IT! Loved that Dave narrated! Great to follow him through his life journey. If u loved Nirvana or the Foo’s a DEFINITE book u must read! (Listen to. It’s way better listening to Dave tell it.) highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amanda S.

    This book is so awesome! If you love the Foo Fighters, or just want something interesting to listen to, get this, you won’t regret it! I cannot stress enough how great this book is. Dave Grohl narrates and you can feel his energy and how genuine and real he is. If you ever wondered if he’s as fun and cool as he seems in his music videos and interviews, this helps solidify that image. It really made me wish even more that one day I could run into him and just give him a high five and thank him for the soundtrack of my youth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jana S.

    Dave Grohl story is an amazing one his passion for life, music, everything is inspiring. in his book he tells the most memorable things that has happened to him. I LOVED it, This is a must have book for sure! Thank you Dave.

  • Maureen B.

    Seriously Amazing!! Loved that Dave narrated it. Can’t s top sharing stories from it to my closest friends. They might be Sick of hearing about it, but it’s THAT amazing ❤️❤️❤️

  • Dave M.

    Amazing listening to these wonderful stories…

  • Anonymous

    I was equal parts entertained and moved. I listened to Dave tell me in detail the emotions he experienced when Kurt died and, 14 years later, when his best friend died. Then 2 days later Taylor Hawkins died. I felt like I knew what Dave was going through, because I had just heard him tell me. But there were also plenty of light-hearted moments. Loved it!

  • Belle Cormier

    I love Dave Grohl the musician and I couldn't get enough of Dave Grohl the storyteller. Once I started listening to this book, I couldn't stop. I already have sooooo much respect and admiration for The Foo Fighters as a band but with this book, I have gained soooooo much more for Dave as a human being and EVEN MORE STILL since the untimely loss of Taylor Hawkins. What a treat this work of art is from the one and only Dave Grohl.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this book! I really enjoying listening to Dave Grohl read his biography. Hearing him speak about his family, especially his love for his mother, wife and 3 girls was so heartwarming. My heart goes out to Dave upon hearing the news of his dear friend, Taylor Hawkins, passing (happened while I was listening to the book). I was looking forward to seeing the Foo Fighters for the first time at an ACL Live taping next week in Austin, TX.

  • Deb D.

    What a great book! Just as I finished it, Taylor Hawkins passed away and I’m heartbroken for Taylor’s family, Dave and the Foo Fighters. As Dave said, he never had the chance to tell Kurt how much he meant to him, and I am thankful that he had the opportunity to share that with Taylor in this book before his untimely death. A tremendous book I would highly recommend, I am inspired and I admire Dave so much more after listening to this amazing book.

  • Anonymous

    amazing listen

  • Ashley M.

    This book was amazing and the fact that it’s read by Dave himself literally makes the whole book. At times I felt like I was sitting across from him, listening to him tell me stories, as if we were old friends. Hands down one of the best memoirs I’ve ever heard.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this. It was so awesome to hear Dave tell his own stories. He’s a great storyteller with his audio and written voice!

  • Kimberly E.

    Knew of Dave Grohl and his bands, decided I would have a listen. OMG loved love love is really all I can say! I am now a Dave Grohl super freak and feel like I need to know even more about his life. At this point he would be the only celebrity (Yes Dave you are a celebrity) they I would seek to meet! Must listen

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