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 TribbyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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.