Just when you think rock legend and professional overachiever Dave Grohl can't excel at anything else, he casually bashes out an autobiography just in time to top music-lovers' Christmas lists everywhere.

Forget trying to summon up the energy to work out with Joe Wicks, learning to bake banana bread or binge watching Tiger King like the rest of us, when arguably the most prolific man in music got a bit twitchy about the unexpected down time of Covid he decided to knock out The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music - almost 400 pages about his life so far.

And, as you'd expect from 'that guy from Nirvana' who defied all expectation to become a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame it's incredibly readable and a lot of fun.

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl is out now - you can get it on Audible (narrated by the man himself), Kindle or buy a hardback copy from Amazon or Waterstones.

The structure of The Storyteller is resolutely non-linear, which works well except for a weird and slightly distracting use of a font to emphasise things in a way that feels oddly jarring.

Early chapters cover his childhood, including his first foray into playing live when his mum asks him to jam as a drummer at a jazz club they go to on her birthday as a gift and he gets bitten by a bug that completely changes the course of his life.

It moves on to an affectionate and mostly sanitised version of the underground punk scene where a young Grohl learns to embrace his individuality and finds his tribe.

The most fascinating insights come, unsurprisingly, at the point he agrees to join a group called Nirvana in need of a drummer and ends up inadvertently becoming a third of the biggest band in the world.

Not bad work for teenager who took just one drum lesson in his life and, in his own words, started out as Animal from the Muppets without the chops.

Grohl tackles the rise of Nirvana and death of Kurt Cobain in matter-of-fact fashion but, understandably, with his unique perspective as one of just three of them - alongside Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic - who essentially watched a cultural shift of the musical landscape from inside the eye of a storm.

He speaks frankly about the jarring confusion of finding fame, notoriety and commercial success almost overnight - processing the transformation from being one of the 'us' of the conformity-rejecting punk underground to one of the 'them' of corporate mainstream music.

He also articulates the confusion and conflict of the ethical dilemma that developed as more and more people turned up to share the music he took such pride and joy in creating but some of them were 'the meatheads and the jocks' who at school would have actively shunned and mocked him and his friends for being different.

"We had always been the outcasts. We had always been the weirdos. We were not one of them. So how could they become one of us?"

When he gets to talking about Cobain's death, Grohl speaks, openly and simply, about grief and loss in a way that is both moving and matter of fact.

Dave Grohl will be reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story this week
Dave Grohl will be reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story this week

It's beautifully written, thought-provoking and surprisingly introspective.

But these moments are brief - because Dave Grohl is basically a big geek appreciating every moment of his life and he wants to share the joy.

What do you do when you feel you are 'too young to fade away, too old to start again'?

Well in Grohl's case the answer to that is 'pretty much everything'.

There are, as you'd expect from a man who has circumnavigated the globe playing for packed stadiums and presidents, plenty of great anecdotes about meeting music legends and doing crazy things.

And they're incredibly fun to read, not least because you've never read a book where one man has been so gleeful to meet three such diverse characters as Iggy Pop, Rick Astley and Little Richard.

It's not all jolly japes and fun though.

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A drink driving conviction picked up in Australia is explained quickly and apologetically, while his first wife gets a brief mention in passing.

Kurt Cobain's wife and controversial figure Courtney Love isn't mentioned by name at all.

While most of the more infamous bigger fallings out between members of the Foo Fighters are glossed over as points where they went on hiatus or, in Grohl vernacular, 'I hate us' at points where they needed some space from each other.

If you're looking for a book which settles scores and dishes dirt this is not it.

I was totally okay with that though.

For me the joy of this book was the moments of almost normality - albeit a surreal rock and roll normal which it's almost possible to relate to, but just not quite.

There are self deprecating tales of preparing for parenthood.

He writes: "I was given a library of books to study with subjects ranging from sleep training (which is a farce because ultimately they sleep train you, making it impossible to sleep past 6am for the rest of your life) to swaddling (I'm bad enough at rolling joints; how could I successfully roll a child?)"

Discussions about tactics on finding things to keep toddlers entertained in foreign cities on tour (apparently Harrods toy department is a winner) and explanations of the difficulties of making it back in time to take his daughters to the school disco with his crazy work schedule (yeah, so he was playing a rock festival in Brisbane, it's practically the same as getting stuck on the Dartford Crossing in rush hour, right?).

Finding out Dave Grohl has endured the relentlessly cheery audio assault of Kidz Bop and dashed round his house hiding his Beatles stuff before Paul McCartney popped round to meet his baby daughter - "you never know how much Beatles memorabilia you have until a Beatle comes to visit" is both hilarious and weirdly relatable.

There's much to enjoy about The Storyteller .

I wasn't expecting it to move me to tears but it did (I blame Neil Diamond) and there's a lot here that will stick with me for a while.

Because despite the good humour and great stories, at its heart this is a book about music, grief and the importance of family, both the family that shares your DNA and the family you meet along the way - for Grohl most notably Cobain and his childhood friend Jimmy Swanson.

Like Grohl's music it is energetic and fun but that exuberance covers hidden depths and there's way more introspection there than you might expect.

Grab a coffee, put on your favourite playlist of his extensive back catalogue and enjoy.

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl is out now.

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