Rock N Roll Librarian Reads: From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars


This week Shelley and Christian review 'From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars' by Virginia Hanlon Grohl with forward by Dave Grohl. Published by Seal Press, April 2017.

Written by Dave Grohl’s mom (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) to answer her own questions about the experiences of other mothers who had raised rock stars, and based on interviews with women who had done just that. She was curious about whether they were as surprised as she was about their children's fame; whether they worried about their children's well-being in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers; whether or not they had actively encouraged their children's passions despite the odds against success; and whether they were raised in musical households. During her two year journey she interviewed a several moms of musicians covering a range of genres and generations, such as the moms of Dr. Dre; Amy Winehouse and Geddy Lee.

With exclusive family photographs and a foreword by Dave Grohl, From Cradle to Stage will appeal to mothers and rock fans everywhere.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

We love hoopla! 

Borrow newly released and classic popular music albums via many public libraries. Download (or stream) on portable devices including smart phones and tablets, as well as computers for a one week period.  eBooks, comics, audiobooks, movies and tv shows are also available. - click on "sign in", then "sign up now", then on the name of the library with which you have a library card.

Or visit and click on "eLibrary" to find hoopla and use it with your San Francisco Public Library card.