Book picks as published in the July 5, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Dirty windshields : the best and worst of the Smugglers tour diaries
By Grant Lawrence
Formed when most of the members were still in high school, The Smugglers came of age during the height of the grunge explosion in the early 1990s. Told with Grant’s signature self-deprecating wit, the anecdotes develop into a compelling story of the growth of an independent, do-it-yourself touring band, a community, and a musical movement.
From cradle to stage : stories from the mothers who rocked and raised the rock stars
By Virginia Hanlon Grohl
As Virginia watched her son’s star rise, she often wondered about the other mothers who raised rock stars. Were they as surprised as she was about their children’s fame? Did they worry about their children’s livelihood and wellbeing in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children’s passions despite the odds against success?