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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (21 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863697461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863697463
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nirvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell nearly nine million copies of the landmark album Nevermind, whose thunderous sound and indelible melodies embodied the confusion, frustration and passion of the emerging Generation X. Hailed by Q magazine as one of the greatest music biographies of all time, Come As You Are is the up-close, intimate story of Nirvana., with exclusive in-depth interviews with band members Kurt Cobain, Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl, as well as friends, relatives, former band members and associates. A final chapter details the last year of Kurt Cobain's life. From their early days in rural Aberdeen, Washington, to their domination of the world music scene in the early 90's, Come As You Are tells the Nirvana story as no other book does, candidly and first-hand: the allegations of heroin use; the soul-crushing pressures of sudden success; the burden of their unasked-for role as spokesman for a generation; and the tragic spiral that culminated in Kurt Cobain's suicide in April 1994. With close analyses of every song on each of the band's three major albums, a comprehensive discography and more than one hundred rare and never before-seen photographs, posters and original lyric sheets, Come As You Are is by far the most intimate look ever at one of rock's most influential and significant groups.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "vickyrebel01" on 7 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Many books have ben written about Nirvana and I have most of them. In my opinion this book is the best of the lot, it actually contains interviews with all three band members and so is more reliable as a source for die hard fans. Buy it you won't be disappointed!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 1999
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Definitely worth reading if you loved Nirvana, lots of interesting biographical detail and insight into the stories behind the songs. Its only real criticism is that it's a bit too much "what strength coffee Kurt drank". It is particularly good for the earlier period of Nirvana's too-short career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jord on 30 Dec. 2011
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This is the only book on the band I own and probably will own. As it was written when they were all still alive and together and they contributed to it, I feel it's the most reliable as it's not biased at all. I found it really hard to put this book down. It is so very interesting. It tells the story of the band really well and gives a great understanding to the members and their lives too. If you're a fan of Nirvana, don't even question it. Just buy it. It's not expensive and regardless of what the cost is, it is completely worth it 100%!!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2002
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This is a must book for any Cobain fan; the detailed researsch that Azerrad has done is astonishing. I am a huge Nirvana and Cobain fan; I thought I knew a lot but after reading this you will surely be the know all of one of the most amazing men in history. The book traces the band from the start to the later days when they found it hard to remain true to themselves with all the publicity surrounding them. If you are a Cobain/Nirvana fan, READ IT, if you aren't a Cobain/Nirvana fan, READ IT.
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