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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (April 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312206631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312206635
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Kurt Cobain died, fans proclaimed him the generational equal of John Lennon, thereby causing wholesale angst and distress among Beatlemaniacs. Ten years later, St. Thomas and Smith offer more nuanced assessment of Cobain and his band Nirvana's career. Admitted fan St. Thomas was definitely in thrall to Nirvana, but the band's black mood when he spoke with its members a couple of years after their meteoric rise to stardom via the seminal "Smells Like Teen Spirit" suffuses this look at the end of the band, in which it is lamented and celebrated more or less simultaneously and special emphasis is put on band members' disappointment at the hollowness of success. The inner torture that drove Cobain to suicide may be unknowable, but the book provides some reasonable insights. Mike Tribby
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About the Author

Kurt St. Thomas, a former radio programmer, is a music industry player, and an award-winning filmmaker who runs his a film production company. He lives in New York City.

Troy Smith works in the radio industry and lives in Cape Cod.

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Kurt's wallet wasn't lying open next to his body; a policeman stated HE had opened the wallet and put it there when they were taking pictures.
Mary Ann Aquilino
Yes, I highly recommend you by this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ikari on December 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Kurt St. Thomas sure likes to throw around how legitimate he supposedly is. He loves pointing out that he interviewed Nirvana for "Nevermind, It's an Interview". He even included a photo of him and the band as the first thing we see when we open the book. And for someone so concerned with credibility, you'd figure Kurt St. Thomas could write his own material. After all, he spent all that time with the band... right? Apparently not, because he actually uses Michael Azerrad's material from Come As You Are. I've read CAYA, Heavier Than Heaven, and Journals, and by the time I got to the end of chapter two of Chosen Rejects, I knew Kurt St. Thomas was going to continue taking entire passages from Azerrad's book. Sure enough, that's all Chosen Rejects "offers"; Michael Azerrad's passages chewed up and spit out by Kurt St. Thomas, sometimes word-for-word.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Aquilino on February 1, 2005
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When I first started reading this book, I thought it was good but lacked a little in detail. It skimmed over some parts when discussing various events the band experienced. At first, I thought this was because so much has been written about these before. But as I read on, it appears more that the author either didn't do his research, or didn't do enough of it. When it comes to Kurt's experiences with Courtney, no mention is made of Courtney's actions, leaving the reader to believe Kurt was always at fault. Also, it glossed over the heartbreak Kurt suffered when Frances was taken away and what they both went through to get her back. Considering what an impact this had on all three of them, the lack of information is questionable, at best. He also never mentions the fact that the doctor who treated Kurt during the Rome incident said there was no evidence Kurt had swallowed ANY, let alone 50, Rohynols. He simply goes by Courtney's comments around this event. When it comes down to Kurt's death, not only does the author always refer to it as a suicide, which has not been 100% proven to many people, but he gets his 'facts' wrong. Kurt was not disfigured so badly that he could only be identified by his fingerprints. He did not barricade himself in the greenhouse; the stool in front of the back door - where there was no way of gaining entry as it was a balcony - was a small barstool that couldn't block anything even if someone could scale the balcony. Kurt's wallet wasn't lying open next to his body; a policeman stated HE had opened the wallet and put it there when they were taking pictures. Also, Wendy didn't make the missing person's police report; Courtney has admitted that she called the police pretending to be Wendy.Read more ›
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By Matthew 'Brett' Barker on November 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you want a text book read of Nirvana, then get this.

The book is very dry, but the author tosses in some fan-dribble attemping to build some momentum into a segment or chapter. The main problem with this book is it (admits) to using Michael Azerrad's Come As You Are as a source.

Source is an understatment - it's just a copy & paste of Azerrad's CAYA. Sure there are some extra details in Chosen Rejects but it just feels like a Wikipedia entry.

I would suggest ANY true Nirvana fan start with Michael Azerrad's Come As You Are, then read the Godspeed graphic novel, then Cobain Unseen, Chosen Rejects then Journals.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liz Goodman on March 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
A really awesome book. Talks about the whole band and not just Kurt. As a die hard, skeptical fan of Nirvana, I am sick and tired of reading about Kurt's drug habit and Courtney Love whenever someone wrote something about Nirvana. This is the first book I've seen that talks about the band, how they got started, how they grew together, how they wrote their songs together. What's really cool is that the story is told by Kurt and Krist and Dave - lots of quotes, I like that. The color pictures are way cool (never seen that in a Nirvana book before) and all the songs listed in the back answers a lot of questions for me!
If you bought Nevermind you should by this book. It really does put the whole Nirvana story together in the order that it happened. The guys who wrote it sound like real fans, and not somebody just trying to make a buck. A special thanks to them for not going on and on about Courtney Love and giving their opinions about what killed Kurt.
Yes, I highly recommend you by this book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill O'Neill on January 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Combining the affection of fans and the access of insiders, Thomas and Smith have delivered an essential addition to the Nirvana library. "The Chosen Rejects" is the next best thing to a month in the tour van.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2004
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Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects is a book about the life of the band Nirvana. It starts out with the life of lead singer and lead guitar Kurt Cobain. The book takes you through his childhood growing up in Aberdeen, Washington. Next it shows you how Kurt and Krist Novoselic (bass) met and became friends. Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects goes through the trials of the band was put through. Looking for the drummer that fit there style and Kurt's problem with drugs. The book goes all the way through the existence of Nirvana and after Kurt's death. It talks about Kurt's marriage to Courtney Love and the birth of his child Frances Bean.
One thing that I like that sticks out in the book are all the quotes that were gathered and placed in it. It gives almost like it was written by the band. There is plenty of evidence that supports the author's words and the quotes the give Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects its credibility. At the beginning of each chapter it has a quote that makes you think.
The thing that I disliked about the book is that it didn't give to much information about the life of drummer Dave Grohl. It just talked about when he was apart of the band from Nevermind and on. The authors didn't give much incite in to his childhood or anything he did pervious to Nirvana.
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