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jcy46@cornell.edu
| February 28, 2013
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A look back at Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl. My hero and role model. I worship the ground he walks on. I have a shrine in my home dedicated to him. My entire room is papered with Dave Grohl photos

Ok, so maybe not the last few, but he still is one of more influential people on my musical views and (short-lived) career. As such, this look back is into his musical career.

For those of you who live under a rock, Dave Grohl is the founder of Foo Fighters, co-founder of Them Crooked Vultures, and was the drummer of Nirvana. He started his career in music at a young age of 17, when he auditioned for the band Scream as the drummer. Grohl taught himself how to play drums during high school through various local bands. Because of his age, Grohl lied about how old he was to make it to the auditions, and was offered to join them. During his run with Scream, he became friends with the band Melvins, and got into contact with Buzz Osbourne.

Scream disbanded about 4 years later, and Grohl was left in an odd place. He called his friend Osbourne, who put him in touch with Kurt Cobain. Grohl auditioned, and the rest is history. Interesting fact here: their album Nevermind was recorded at Sound City Studios. While recording Lithium, the band had a tendency to speed up during the song. Standard band procedure places the blame on the drummer. The problem became so bad that they had to use a click track. Click tracks are the bane of a drummer's existance. It was during this time that Grohl also began to write his own songs.

Following Cobain's death in '94, Grohl was again in a daze and confused on the direction he should go. He played with a few bands, including Pearl Jam and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He also recorded many solo works. But when he signed with Capitol Records, he did not want to start a solo career. And so, he contacted a few friends, including former Nirvana band member Pat Smear and started up Foo Fighters. To this day, Foo Fighters remains a powerful and influential band in the world of rock.

More recently, Grohl brought the custom made Neve sound board when Sound City Studios shut down and is currently using it in his private recording studios. Grohl also directed the Sound City documentary that was released about 2 months ago. As tribute to the board that has launched many bands to stardom, he invited many people who recorded at Sound City and a few other famous rockers to record an album, including Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Tom Petty. That album will be released in mid-March of this year.

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