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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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Product Details

  • 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: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By A Customer on May 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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Hey, the link someone else provided is not working. I think they changed it. [...]
As far as the Chosen Rejects book, it's okay, but not great. I don't know if its a rehash of come As You are because I didn't read that one yet.
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Got an early copy of this and found it to be very good. There is excellent attention to detail and rather than being another book about "the drama" it sticks to facts and figures, including a comprehensive list of stuff at the end of the book that i've never seen anywhere before. It seems objective and doesn't really try to paint a picture of what the author wants the story to be, which i've found other Nirvana books to be like.
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Finally a book about Nirvana the band and not just Kurt Cobain's drug habit. I thought the part with all of the songs listed and the sources was incredible. Great color photos. This book is totally worth it.
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