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Cross uncovers plenty of news, mostly grim and gripping. As a teen, Cobain said he had "suicide genes," and his clan was peculiarly defiant: one of his suicidal relatives stabbed his own belly in front of his family, then ripped apart the wound in the hospital. Cobain was contradictory: a sweet, popular teen athlete and sinister berserker, a kid who rescued injured pigeons and laughingly killed a cat, a talented yet astoundingly morbid visual artist. He grew up to be a millionaire who slept in cars (and stole one), a fiercely loyal man who ruthlessly screwed his oldest, best friends. In fact, his essence was contradictions barely contained. Cross, the coauthor of Nevermind: Nirvana, the definitive book about the making of the classic album, puts numerous Cobain-generated myths to rest. (Cobain never lived under a bridge--that Aberdeen bridge immortalized in the 12th song on Nevermind was a tidal slough, so nobody could sleep under it.) He gives the fullest account yet of what it was like to be, or love, Kurt Cobain. Heavier Than Heaven outshines the also indispensable Come As You Are. It's the deepest book about pop's darkest falling star. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Overall I enjoyed the book. I am not sure how the writer knew some of the things that Kurt did during the last few days of his life? Even so the book was worth the read for me.Published 1 month ago by Jerry W Durbin II
However full of interesting facts and juicy gossip, this 'biography' of Kurt Cobain by Charles Cross is a deceitful, delusional, and detrimental piece of 'nonfiction'. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emma Walton
After reaching the end, I'll I could say was WOW. Powerfully written, Cross takes you on the amazing journey of Kurt Cobain's inspiring yet tragic life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Rappaport
Well-written biography, thoroughly enjoyable despite such a sad topic. Kurt was obviously a talented young man with some serious demons. So glad the music lives on.Published 2 months ago by Bill Rice
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned so much. having grown up in the seventies , I enjoyed the music of Nirvana but never really explored the life of Cobain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mary vogt