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LJ Ross Book Club: March
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March 2022
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Northumberland-born LJ Ross is the bestselling author of the DCI Ryan murder mystery series. Each month, she shares an exclusive Book Club pick with Living North readers

This month’s LJ Ross Book Club selection is The Storyteller – Tales of Life and Music by the musician Dave Grohl. He describes the book in his own words as, ‘A collection of memories of a life lived loud. From my earliest days growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, to hitting the road at the age of 18, and all the music that followed, I can now share these adventures with the world, as seen and heard from behind the microphone.’ Grohl rose to fame as the drummer for grunge band Nirvana, following which he became the founder, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the alternative rock band, Foo Fighters. He’s also toured and appeared with several other bands, including Queens of the Stone Age. With a musical pedigree like that, his memoirs would always make for an interesting read, but even more so given that The Storyteller was not written by an anonymous celebrity ghost writer, but by the artist’s own hand.
The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

LJ’s thoughts:

‘When you consider that Grohl has won 16 Grammys and two Emmy awards — on top of his fame and fortune — the most impressive thing about this book is how down-to-earth he appears to be. The style is flowing and conversational, with plenty of self-deprecatory humour and slapstick moments to offset what has otherwise been a stratospheric rise from humble beginnings. The individual stories he recounts are powerful and evocative, whether in their ability to make you laugh or gasp in shock, but, above all, his passion for his craft and the love he has for his family can’t help but leave the reader feeling uplifted. Even if you aren’t a fan of his music, this book is about human relationships and a man’s life journey, which makes for universal and enjoyable reading. Highly recommended!’

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