Dave Grohl shares snapshots of a life in rock : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Dave Grohl joins World Cafe to talk about his new memoir. He'll share snapshots of his life in rock: how he got there, what it's been like and how he's kept having such a good time.

Dave Grohl shares snapshots of a life in rock

Dave Grohl on World Cafe

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  • Foo Fighters, "Everlong"
  • Naked Raygun, "Gear"
  • Led Zeppelin, "Kashmir"
  • Scream, "Came Without Warning"
  • The Stooges, "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
  • Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  • Foo Fighters, "Big Me"
  • Foo Fighters, "Shame Shame"

The rock music industry isn't exactly renowned for churning out well-adjusted, down-to-earth people with positive attitudes — that might be part of the reason Dave Grohl is such a compelling figure. It's not that Grohl hasn't experienced his share of tragedy – it's that he's never let that tragedy define him.

In a mew memoir, titled The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, Grohl breaks down the "tortured artist" stereotype and seems to genuinely have a lot of fun.

Grohl joins me to talk about that memoir, which has now topped the New York Times bestsellers list. He'll also share snapshots of his life in rock: how he got there, what it's been like and how he's kept on having such a good time.

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