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Charles R Cross , Lloyd James
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18 Mar 2014

In Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestselling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, examines the legacy of the Nirvana front man and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death?

Kurt Cobain is the icon born of the 90s, a man whose legacy continues to influence pop culture and music. Cross explores the impact Cobain has had on music, fashion, film, and culture, and attempts to explain his lasting and looming legacy.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (18 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483002918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483002910
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter?

On April 5, 1994, twenty-seven-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated relationship with fame, his tortured soul—all these elements came together in one terrible moment in Seattle, and the landscapes of music and pop culture were forever changed. Two decades have passed since Cross, a Seattle-based editor and writer and early supporter of Nirvana, lived the horror of that day on the front lines, fielding the phone calls as the media descended upon his city, desperately searching for an exclusive on the death of yet another young rock icon.

While the impact of a person's life is difficult to see fully on the day he dies, the long view provides a wider, and usually more accurate, vista. For the first time ever, Cross, author of the definitive Cobain biography, Heavier Than Heaven, explores how the haunting memory of Cobain—the life he led, the music he played, and the people he touched—lives on in innumerable, and sometimes surprising, ways. Here We Are Now attempts to answer where we—the fans, the music business and fashion industry, the addiction and recovery communities, Kurt's family—are, two decades later.

Cobain's life and work can be seen everywhere, from his indelible marks on music to his more subtle influence on gender and gay rights, the way we view suicide and drug addiction, and the very idea of Seattle as a cultural hub. Nirvana's music has touched multiple generations, and while the world has changed considerably since Nevermind was first released in 1991, the status of that album only grows as years pass. Cobain and Nirvana are now part of a rite of passage through adolescence, and while "teen spirit" may have changed and evolved since the early nineties, the music remains authentic all the same. Simply stated, Kurt Cobain changed the cultural conversation, in his all too brief life, and even after his shattering death. With interviews and commentary from all corners of the pop culture universe, from the people who knew Cobain to those who continue to help his legend grow, Here We Are Now explores what a singular life meant, and how that meaning can be measured, when and if it can be.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Charles R. Cross has written nine books, including Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain, which was a New York Times bestseller, won the 2002 ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography, and was called "one of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star" by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix and was the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, with Ann and Nancy Wilson. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The legacy of a rock icon examined 24 May 2014
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The book was released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobains death and the recent induction of the band into the rock n roll hall of fame. It is an interesting book that examines the enduring legacy of the man and why journalists and fans are still talking about him all these years later.

The book is divided into 6 key chapters exploring cobains musical legacy, his influence on 'grunge' culture and fashion, the impact and legacy on his hometown Aberdeen, washington, the nature of addiction and suicide, and lastly the idea of Kurt being the last great rock star. It is a well researched book (no surprise here as the author as a local journalist was close to the explosion of Nirvana and he wrote the official biography on Kurt and has contributed to many articles and books on Nirvana) and he has a nice writing style that makes the book highly readable.

Of course Kurts most enduring legacy is his music and the 30 million copies sold of Nevermind worldwide will always be his biggest accomplishement. But reading the book you do learn some interesting stories and facts. For instance I like the fact that he is now accepted and recognised in his home town as a great musician and artist and that the sign that leads into the town reads 'come as you are'. A local resident even created a Kurt Cobain memorial park near the bridge that he sung about in 'Something in the way' as a tribute to him and eventually the local governors acceped it as an offical memorial. A statue of him also now stands in the Aberdeen museum of history after being refused by city officials for years. They now recognise the tourism that his legend will provide and embrace it. (I for one want to visit the place one day).
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Very good book. I was 15 when Nirvana released Nevermind and this book along with Heavier Than Heaven capture the years that followed well. I felt that it would have benefited with a few more interviews with Nirvana fans though. It would've have been nice to read the thoughts and feelings of fans and how Kurt and Nirvana touched there lives.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cobain Cash In 1 Jun 2014
By Sean
Format:Hardcover
This is a thinly veiled excuse for a tome and is little more than a list of bullet points between two hard covers. After I read Charles Cross's biography of Kurt, I felt let down that such a thoroughly investigated book had been riddled with mistruths (no doubt misinformation planted by Courtney) and in addition completely ignored the murder theory (even if it was rejected after analysis). I thought, maybe naively, that Charles Cross was a genuine fan who had been caught out by a calculating widow - the price paid for gain "access". Hence, I gave this book a chance. It was immediately apparent just a few dozen pages in that this was another depressing attempt to make money from a fallen hero. It's forced me to look even more cynically at the biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cobain Effect. 19 Mar 2014
By James Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Being an older reader I did not know much about Kurt Cobain or Nirvana as a group. Although NOT a biography this book was a very informative look into the life and societal influence of Mr. Cobain.
I think reading this book makes Mr. Cross's other book about Kurt Cobain, a biography titled "Heavier Than Heaven", a must read.

This book looks at how Kurt Cobain and Nirvana has left a lasting mark on society through his music and subsequent suicide. It also shows how foolish and gullible the media can be in looking for a story. This book focuses on the influence of Kurt and his music, how the clothes he wore changed the fashion industry and how society views drug abuse and suicide. The author also looks at the term "Grunge" and how it was erroneously applied to Nirvana's music.

Kurt's death was no doubt a tragedy and loss to the world at large. To lose such a talent at such an early age is sad on many levels, but the loss of such a young man should be an eye opener to all of society. Heroin is such an insidious evil and Kurt's death should be a lesson to us that Drug addiction is no respecter of persons. A very well written book and a fascinating look into the life and influence of someone I was marginally aware of. I knew of Nirvana's anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit" but couldn't have told anyone the name of the song should my life depend on it. Now I have "Nevermind" and "In Utero" loaded on my Ipod. I am a fan at age 58 which must seem strange. But with the talentless state of todays music, Kurt Cobain may just be the last great complete musician we shall see for some time to come.

If you have any interest in Nirvana(or even if you don't)this book is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Jun 2014
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll keep this review short just for my sake and others who are only checking the reviews before they buy this book. I thought the book was well written, tasteful, and does very well at keeping your attention. I loved this book and thought it was a unique perspective on Kurt's life and untimely death. I applaud Mr. Cross for his contributions to music and for his amazing literary talent.
4.0 out of 5 stars and she would blast "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 20 Aug 2014
By Bunny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I didn't start out a Nirvana fan. My sister was four years older than me, and she would blast "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and I would be annoyed.

To be fair, I still don't much care for that song. It wasn't until "All Apologies" that I covertly started paying attention to what she was listening to. I recall being in a car with her, and her best friend, singing along quietly. Her friend told my sister I was cool, and my sister grumbled.

I was 11 when he died. Which feels really, really young looking back, but it really did affect us. I was in Catholic school, and only a handful of my classmates were fans, but for just a minute, we were bonded with sadness that there would be no more Nirvana. We would never get to see them live.

I'm still unhappy about that one. It's on the list, when I finally meet The Doctor. We're going back.

This book is fantastic. Halfway through, I started texting my best friend (another huge Nirvana fan, but we didn't meet until three or four years after he was gone) facts. I also pointed out that this is a very short book, and she'll have plenty of time to read it between child wrangling before it has to be back to the library.

I love this book not just because I'm a Nirvana fan, but because of what it is. It's how the world was affected by one man, by one band. I live for this stuff. It's the butterfly flapping her wings in a rainforest.

I want more books like this. I want to know how other musicians, other pop culture icons, have affected the way the world is, long after they're gone.

Mind, I'm picky. I don't want to know how Anna Nicole Smith or Britney Spears changed the world. Only important people.

I do wish this book had pictures. I don't know if it's a licensing issue or not. But I spent an inordinate amount of time googling to find the pictures discussed, and I was intensely irritated that I couldn't find Nirvana on SNL in 1992 on Youtube.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lame execution 13 May 2014
By Imaginal Component - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was timed to be released around the time of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death. I can just see the publisher sitting around their boardroom wondering how they can cash in on poor Kurt. The token "official story" writer, Charles Cross, gets drawn in to write a book that really offers nothing to the Cobain/Nirvana canon. The author, who has compiled and penned worthwhile (though not necessarily tasteful) reads such as Heavier Than Heaven and Cobain UNSEEN, takes the approach of basically recounting several ways in which Cobain's legacy has lived on beyond his death in 1994. Cross spends a fair amount of time reminding us all how Cobain died, and even goes so far as to suggest that Cobain's death led to a reduction in suicides in Washington state overall. He doesn't address myriad "copycat suicides" however. There's just not really much in here unless you're an absolutely rabid Nirvana fan who has to read everything. I consider myself that type of fan, but even this book left me with a forgettable taste in my mouth. I'm sure Cross enjoyed his publishing advance and minimal effort it took to compile this book.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for anybody who asks "Why is everyone still talking about Kurt Cobain?" 21 Mar 2014
By Tanya J. Pazdernik - Published on Amazon.com
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I read (and loved) Charles Cross's Heavier Than Heaven as a biographical source, but this book goes beyond a biography of Kurt or Nirvana, and provides his interpretation of why Kurt Cobain matters historically and why his impact & legacy are still important to a lot of people today, myself included. He articulated what I've sought out to prove with the statistical data he also provides, but he goes further. It's a great book.
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