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Name: David Eric Grohl                                                                 
Born: 14 January 1969 Warren, Ohio, USA                                               
David Eric Grohl (b. January 14, 1969, Warren, Ohio) is an American rock               
musician and songwriter. Grohl began his music career in the 1980s as the             
drummer for several Washington, DC area bands, including the punk rock band           
Scream. In 1990 he became the drummer for grunge group Nirvana. Following the         
April 1994 death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Grohl formed the Foo Fighters.       
Grohl was born on January 14, 1969 in Warren, Ohio. His father was a newspaper         
journalist, and his mother taught high school English. When Grohl was three, his       
family relocated from Ohio to Springfield, Virginia a suburb of Washington, DC.       
Grohl's parents divorced when he was six, which he said had little effect on him.     
Grohl's mother raised him and his older sister; he told biographer Michael             
Azerrad, "She's the most incredible woman in the world".                               
Grohl formed his first band with a friend at age ten; Grohl would play a one-string   
guitar while his friend banged on pots and pans. Grohl began seriously playing         
guitar at age 12, and took lessons for several years. He wrote songs about his         
friends and his dog and recorded them on a boom box. Grohl grew tired of lessons       
and played in neighborhood bands that performed cover songs by The Beatles and         
the Rolling Stones.                                                                   
In 1982, Grohl and his sister spent the summer at his cousin's house, where she       
introduced them to punk rock by taking the pair to shows by punk groups. "From         
then on we were totally punk," Grohl said. "We went home and bought                   
Maximumrocknroll and tried to figure it all out." Grohl attended the former           
Thomas Jefferson High School as a freshman and sophomore. He was elected vice         
president of his freshman class and played punk rock songs over the school             
intercom before his morning announcements. During his junior year, Grohl               
attended Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria because his marijuana usage was       
affecting his grades. At the time, he played guitar in a "bad punk" band called       
Freak Baby. Grohl felt the group's drummer was subpar, so he began teaching           
himself to play drums by banging on various items in his bedroom. When Freak           
Baby kicked out its bass player, Grohl decided to switch to drums. The band           
changed its name Mission Impossible, and then Fast, before breaking up. By that       
point Grohl had developed an interest in Led Zeppelin, and developed his               
drumming style by copying the band's drummer John Bonham. Grohl then joined a         
post-punk-influenced hardcore punk band called Dain Bramage.                           
At the age of seventeen, Grohl scored an audition with local DC favorites Scream       
to fill the vacancy left by the departure of drummer Kent Stax. In order to try       
out for the audition, Grohl had lied about his age claiming he was 20. To             
Grohl's surprise, the band asked him to join. After waffling for a brief period,       
Grohl accepted the offer. Grohl dropped out of high school in his junior year;         
he said, "I was seventeen and extremely anxious to see the world, so I did it."       
Over the next four years, Grohl toured extensively with the band, recording a         
couple of live albums and two studio albums, No More Censorship and Fumble, on         
which Grohl penned and sang vocals on the song "Gods Look Down".                       
While playing in Scream, Grohl became a fan of The Melvins and eventually             
befriended the band. During a 1990 tour stop on the west coast, The Melvins'           
Buzz Osborne took a couple of his friends, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, to         
see the band.                                                                         
A few months later, Scream unexpectedly disbanded following the departure of its       
bass player, and Grohl placed a phone call to Osborne for advice. Knowing how         
much Cobain and Novoselic liked Grohl's drumming, Osborne gave Novoselic's phone       
number to Grohl. Novoselic invited Grohl to Seattle, where Grohl attended             
Nirvana's infamous show at the Motor Sports Garage, the one Nirvana show that         
featured Dan Peters on drums. (Grohl admitted to Rolling Stone in 2005 that he         
spent most of Nirvana's set outside talking to a friend.) Grohl subsequently           
auditioned for the band, and soon joined them full-time.                               
At the time that Grohl joined Nirvana, the band had already recorded several           
demos for what would be the follow-up to their debut album Bleach, having spent       
time recording with producer Butch Vig in Wisconsin. Initially, the plans were         
to release the album on Sub Pop, but the band found itself receiving a great           
deal of major label interest based on the demos. Grohl spent the initial months       
with Nirvana travelling to various major labels as the band shopped for a deal,       
eventually signing with DGC Records. In the spring of 1991, the band entered the       
studio to record the album.                                                           
Pocketwatch cover                                                                     
Upon its release, Nevermind exceeded all expectations and became a massive             
success, catapulting the band to worldwide stardom. At the same time, Grohl           
found himself fighting with his status in the band. While his drumming style was       
a significant element in the band's success, Grohl saw himself as just another         
in a long line of drummers. In his mind, Nirvana was the band that recorded           
Bleach; his arrival had altered that sound dramatically, and, as he saw it, not       
necessarily in a positive way. Though Grohl had been writing songs for several         
years, he declined to introduce his songs to the band for fear of damaging the         
band's chemistry. Instead, Grohl compiled his songs and recorded them himself,         
releasing a cassette called Pocketwatch in 1992 on indie label Simple Machines.       
Rather than using his own name, Grohl released the cassette under the pseudonym       
In the later years of Nirvana, Grohl's songwriting contributions increased. In         
Grohl's initial months in Seattle, Cobain overheard him working on a song called       
"Color Pictures of a Marigold", and the two ended up jamming on it. Grohl would       
later record the song for the Pocketwatch cassette. During the sessions for In         
Utero, he decided to re-record the song, and the band released this version as a       
b-side on the "Heart-Shaped Box" single, titled simply "Marigold". Earlier, as         
the band worked on new material for In Utero, Grohl contributed the main guitar       
riff for what ended up becoming "Scentless Apprentice". Cobain conceded in a           
late 1993 MTV interview that he initially thought the riff was "kind of               
boneheaded", but was gratified at how the song developed (a process captured in       
part in a demo on the Nirvana box set With the Lights Out). Cobain noted that he       
was excited at the possibility of having Novoselic and Grohl contribute more to       
the band's songwriting.                                                               
Prior to their 1994 European tour, the band decided to schedule session time at       
Robert Lang Studios in Seattle to work on demos. For most of the three-day             
session, Cobain was absent, so Novoselic and Grohl worked on demos of their own       
songs. The duo completed several of Grohl's songs, including future Foo Fighters       
songs "Exhausted", "Big Me", "February Stars", and "Butterflies". On the third         
day of the session, Cobain finally arrived, and the band recorded a demo of a         
song later named "You Know You're Right". It was the band's final studio