Based on more than 400 interviews; four years of research; exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries; and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a trailer to his rise to fame and the adulation of a generation. Cross reveals the familial turmoil that fuelled Cobain's creativity and the ...
Based on more than 400 interviews; four years of research; exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries; and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a trailer to his rise to fame and the adulation of a generation. Cross reveals the familial turmoil that fuelled Cobain's creativity and the unusual love story with Courtney Love. Drawing on medical and police reports. Cross reveals the truth about Cobain's health and his tragic final days. Charles Cross's work is a remarkable portrait of a creative genius.
A must have to all Nirvana and Kurt fans.
The book shows the unseen life of an broken hearted child, artist, piscian, left handed.
You wont stop reading after you start, very detailed and insightful.
Dec 11, 2009
Thourough and interesting
Charles Cross gives us a thourough look into the life of Kurt Cobain. The reading of this book made the story of the group and the man even more interesting thanks to the many details and anecdotes I didn't know about. The only flaw would be that it seems a little bit too "courtney approved". But nevertheless it remains a reference if you want to learn about the most gifted poet of the nineties.
The end of the book and the image the author describes is absolutely beautiful !
Nov 1, 2007
A must have for a Nirvana fan
I've seen several Nirvana books, but this one I couldn't put down. This book has a high level of detail, and will let you understand the meaning of most of the songs Kurt wrote. Even though Kurt passed away in 1994, this book will enlighten you and help you understand him more. This book, in addition to having all the Nirvana records and the box set will give any Nirvana fan, exactly that,...... Nirvana(Paradise). This is the story of a man who changed the World.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-16 "And there had never quite been a rock star like Kurt Cobain," Cross eulogizes in this celebrity biography. Unfortunately, Cross, former editor of the Rocket, a Northwestern music and entertainment weekly, never proves his claim. Instead, Cobain's story, culled from more than 400 interviews with friends, family and colleagues and exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, sounds wholly ordinary, from boilerplate adolescent bitterness about his parents' divorce ("I hate Mom, I hate Dad. Dad hates Mom, Mom hates Dad. It simply makes you want to be so sad") and malt liquor, punk rock-adorned angst to the tawdry details of his drug addiction. "Even in this early stage of his career, Kurt had already begun the process of retelling his own story in a manner that formed a separate self," writes Cross as he carefully dispels some of Cobain's self-made myths, including claims of living under a bridge, "tales... about his constant abuse at the hands of Aberdeen's rednecks" and harboring an aversion to fame. The many unenlightening observations are often painted thick with sensationalism; other times, Cross trawls the bottom for sources whose credibility and relevance are dubious at best. (For instance, he interviews Cobain's drug-addicted ex-babysitter, Cali, and some of her girlfriends, yielding a depressing she-said-he-said of Kurt's final days.) Conspiracy theorists will speculate about the conditions under which Cross gained access to Cobain's private journals. Complete with gossip and meticulous references, the biography will catch the devotees, though, like junk food, it may leave them feeling unnourished. 16 pages b&w photos. (Aug. 15) Forecast: Released on the 10th anniversary of Come As You Are and with radio giveaways, this book will sell well. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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