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Memoir Review: "The Storyteller" by Dave Grohl

Welcome to the Book Club: Let's dive into a published memoir for inspiration.

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl (Dey Street Books, 2021)

A memoir about a rock musician was so delightfully removed from my reality - Dave, who? - but the title, The Storyteller, piqued my curiosity. I never expected that parts of his story would resonate so deeply with me, but this is the power of memoir: connection despite our outward differences.

What spoke to me was the younger Dave Grohl, a seventeen-year-old kid with an intense desire to become a rock musician.  The desire stirred so profoundly within him that he set up a makeshift “altar” in his family’s carport and prayed for divine intervention.  Believing his rock heroes must have had supernatural abilities “in order to transcend time and space with their music”, he appealed to the universe to empower him with the same abilities.

This is the power of memoir: connection despite our outward differences.


Grohl was captivated by Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham’s ability to “feel” the music.  Grohl was convinced the gift of “feel” was something so divine that only the universe could bestow it.  He had no idea what manifesting was, but Grohl was “intent on subpoenaing the unknown to take him there.”    


“It’s easy to chalk it all up to coincidence, but as I write this today . . . I have to think that I manifested my destiny that night, utilizing the Law of Attraction, calling upon the universe, tapping into a higher power, or whatever.  I just know that today, the success I prayed for in my carport that night has found me.” - Dave Grohl


From a very young age, Grohl devoted himself to that deep desire in his heart.  He honed his craft, took action, and seized opportunities. He never took music lessons and can’t read music,  yet following his heart led him to stellar success including playing with two of the most highly acclaimed rock bands in the world, winning numerous Grammy awards, and induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame twice

A Rock 'n Roller Resonates With Me


As someone who holds the long-standing belief that following my heart and tapping into the power of the universe will help me to manifest success, I loved hearing Dave Grohl reflect on this same philosophy and watching it materialize in The Storyteller


Have you read this book?  Let me know your thoughts!


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