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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 1st Ed. edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844496406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844496402
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,680,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Hames on August 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A deeply frustrating read: The journalist with possibly the best access to the band and their contemporaries has royally screwed up a fine oppportunity to produce the definitive account of Nirvana.

Everett True - a writer with Brit music mag Melody Maker at the time Nirvana broke - is incapable of not placing himself at the centre of events and telling us what HE did, what HIS musical tastes were, how much HE was drinking, the drugs HE did or didn't take ...
But I'm not interested in Everett True. I don't care about Everett True. I care about Kurt Cobain.

No matter how hard True tries to catch the sprinkling of stardust - and God knows, he doesn't fail through lack of effort - it's obvious from his writing that none of it settled. His tragic lack of self-awareness deludes him into thinking we're interested in the cult of HIS personailty, rather than that of Nirvana and their music. And the book crashes to earth with a depressing jolt each time we're reminded of the author's tedious presence.
Which happens a lot.
Most pages.

Where there is new information or an interview of interest, our fascination quickly becomes lost as True once more bludgeons himself into the story. True perhaps mistakenly thinks that his personal style is what will mark his book out as unique and special. Up to a point he could've been right, but he forgets the old adage that less is more. Instead he seems intent on telling us how unique and special HE is rather than channelling his efforts into the book. There, style spills over into content and what could've been a brilliant book is left fighting for its breath, dying to rise to the surface, but crushed under the weight of the author's ego.
The lack of editing is sorely felt.
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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful By monkeybuddha on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Used item was just as described. Showed up in a timely manner. Could have been packaged better. But overall, excellent seller. Thanks. K
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