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Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter?
On April 5, 1994, twenty-seven-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated relationship with fame, his tortured soul—all these elements came together in one terrible moment in Seattle, and the landscapes of music and pop culture were forever changed. Two decades have passed since Cross, a Seattle-based editor and writer and early supporter of Nirvana, lived the horror of that day on the front lines, fielding the phone calls as the media descended upon his city, desperately searching for an exclusive on the death of yet another young rock icon.
While the impact of a person's life is difficult to see fully on the day he dies, the long view provides a wider, and usually more accurate, vista. For the first time ever, Cross, author of the definitive Cobain biography, Heavier Than Heaven, explores how the haunting memory of Cobain—the life he led, the music he played, and the people he touched—lives on in innumerable, and sometimes surprising, ways. Here We Are Now attempts to answer where we—the fans, the music business and fashion industry, the addiction and recovery communities, Kurt's family—are, two decades later.
Cobain's life and work can be seen everywhere, from his indelible marks on music to his more subtle influence on gender and gay rights, the way we view suicide and drug addiction, and the very idea of Seattle as a cultural hub. Nirvana's music has touched multiple generations, and while the world has changed considerably since Nevermind was first released in 1991, the status of that album only grows as years pass. Cobain and Nirvana are now part of a rite of passage through adolescence, and while "teen spirit" may have changed and evolved since the early nineties, the music remains authentic all the same. Simply stated, Kurt Cobain changed the cultural conversation, in his all too brief life, and even after his shattering death. With interviews and commentary from all corners of the pop culture universe, from the people who knew Cobain to those who continue to help his legend grow, Here We Are Now explores what a singular life meant, and how that meaning can be measured, when and if it can be.
Charles R. Cross has written nine books, including Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain, which was a New York Times bestseller, won the 2002 ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography, and was called "one of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star" by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix and was the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, with Ann and Nancy Wilson. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Bought it as a gift for my daughter and she loves it. Has collected all of the books on Kurt.Published 10 months ago by June Minor
Covering a wide scope of areas, Here we are now looks back on the broad impact of Cobain on our society both within that moment and still visible today. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Braddinpdx
I read this book in about two hrs. Don't bother really. If you want a good book on Kurt & Nirvana get the book NIRVANA by Everett True. Now that's a good book.Published 10 months ago by jay
I ordered 5 different books at once, and received this book days before it said I was supposed to. I am very happy with the quality of this book.Published 12 months ago by Amanda Baske
The 90's were a time of great creativity, even if not all of us who were around then recognized it as such. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lynne Perednia
I love Nirvana and the legacy that Kurt Cobain created. I was so excited to see this on Edelweiss and was happy to be approved for it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Listful Booking
This would have been a more satisfying read had it been a magazine article. Cross leaves out the part about Cobain's lasting impact also being a vehicle to keep selling stories so... Read morePublished 14 months ago by marcitarci
Mr. Cross is too scared to admit that maybe Kurt Cobain was murdered. An OK informative book that even Courtney would read who of course was a major source for a lot of the info in... Read morePublished 14 months ago by DEG 2015