This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the women who raised us. And yeah, we all think our moms rock. But some moms rock so hard they gave birth to actual rock stars!
Virgina Hanlon Grohl — mother of the 15-time GRAMMY-winning musician and 2-time Emmy-winning director Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) — is taking over Lithium this weekend to play music from artists featured in her new book From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. Grohl, a longtime educator and writer, interviewed the mothers of 18 music stars about what it’s like to raise creative children who grow up to be rockstars. Among the 18 women are Hester Diamond, the mother of the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, and Mary Morello, the mother of Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.
From Cradle to Stage is a moving tribute to the mothers of wildly creative and determined progeny that celebrates the foundation of a rock star and the force that urges some of us to listen, to play and to immerse ourselves in music.
“It’s a great book to read for Mother’s Day,” Virgina says. “I went around the country and met wonderful women whose sons and daughters are in the music business and we shared stories. In addition, I wrote vignettes about stories from my life with David, little things that happened over the years that, when I look back on [them] after all this time, seem significant in some way or another. David wrote a preface to it. He surprised me with some things that he recalled as being significant.”
As Grohl interviewed a diverse group of moms, her playlist for Lithium will be equally diverse with music from the Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Amy Winehouse, Haim, Adam Levine and of course, her son’s own band, the Foo Fighters.
SiriusXM Lithium’s Mother’s Day Guest DJ with Virginia Hanlon Grohl premieres Friday, May 12 at 12 pm ET with replays 5/12 at 3 pm & 11 pm ET; 5/13 at 6 am, 2 pm, & 9 pm ET; 5/14 at 10 am & 5 pm ET; and 5/15 at 12 am ET on Lithium (Ch. 34).
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