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Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana Paperback – September 1, 1993
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Best of all, because this book was written before Cobain's death, it is not tinged with the "isn't this tragic" attitude that permeates many books about Nirvana and Cobain. Instead, the book is vibrant with the energy, excitement, and passion that swept local musicians the day "Nevermind" was released, local audiences in the months after, the U.S, and--lest we forget--the world, during Nirvana's more-than-15-minutes of fame.
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Now, recently, another Kurt Cobain biography was released, "Heavier Than Heaven", by Charles R. Cross. While the book is good, it was written after Kurt's death, and most of the people paint a negative portrait of him, which is unfair, since Kurt cannot speak for himself. Also, most of that book seems to be the "Courtney Love is a wonderful person" story, as the author time and time again paints a wonderful picture of her. Is it any coincidence that Courtney was one of the main people interviewed for the book? Hmmmm......
With that aside, here is why, if you seek information on Kurt and Nirvana, that you should read this book and not "Heavier Than Heaven." It's real simple. It was written with Kurt. Whereas HTH was written with people who knew Kurt (who could make him any type of person they wanted to) CAYA is written with interviews with the man himself. That alone makes this the Ultimate Nirvana/Cobain book.
Aside from that, the book is very thorough and leaves few details out. It's probably the best bio on a musical group I've ever read. Intimate, up front, and candid. You can't ask for much more than that.
So, to sum it all up, if you're looking for a biography on Kurt Cobain, this is the book. If you're looking for information on Nirvana, this is the book. If you're simply looking for a good book to read, THIS IS THE BOOK!
I don't think I can recommend it any more than I have already.
Being a fan of Courtney (and Hole), I am aware that she lies. & I recommend this book over HTH because the facts are given to you right then & there, & they don't drag out. The author obviously has a good sense of humour, like K did, & the book made me laugh.
I wanted to read a book on K that would give me details/facts about his life, but I also would rather be entertained with a smile, than trying to hold back tears.
In HTH, Cross makes K out to be only some kid from a rural town who was just miserable & a terrible influence. K was creative & intelligent... & CAYA depicts that.
If you read only one book on K, or even Nirvana in general... which Azzerad does a fine job of doing... this is it.
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This might be one of the best books ever written about Nirvana. Moreover i found it quite readable, something rare in a rock biography. Read morePublished 1 month ago by QUOKKA_54
This book is great! I never write reviews but I feel this book is worth telling people about. I'm preparing to Re-read this again next month before my husband and I travel to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maureen Cox
Gritty, ugly, inspiring, real. If this doesn't make you want to be a rock star, nothing will.Published 5 months ago by Frequent Flier
Very good book about Kurt Cobain. Very easy fast read. Nirvana is gaining in popularity again so get yours before their gone lolPublished 6 months ago by Studentnurse
A very insightful book about the members of the band. I like that it includes interviews from other people who confirm or disprove some of the stories, or describe them from other... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Claudine Farah