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Kurt Cobain [Hardcover]

Christopher Sandford
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16 Nov 1995
A biography of Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the world-famous grunge rock group, Nirvana, who killed himself in April 1994. It covers topics in his turbulent life such as his deprived childhood, international stardom, heroin addiction, alcoholism and violent suicide.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575059516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575059511
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,479,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The classic biography which explores the shocking drama of Kurt Cobain¿s troubled life --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish 24 Mar 2005
By Rachel
This book consists mainly of unsuppoorted, fictious statements given by unnamed sources and people who were clearly jealous of/hated Kurt Cobain. Many myths spored by Kurt himself are included, such as the story of Kurt selling his stepfathers guns to buy his first guitar. This story has been disproven several times, but Sandford doesn't care. He doesn't utter one word of praise for Cobain throughout the lengthy book. That's another thing- the book goes on far past Cobains death, past Courtneys reaction, past the funeral, until it becomes unreadably boring.
The most offensive, outrageous thing was a statement from a girl (unnamed, of course) who claimed to have been RAPED by Kurt in his youth. This claim was totally unfounded, yet Sandford did not investigate it or provide any other comment from any other party to back it up or disclaim it. This idea so outraged me that I didn't read the rest of the book for another two months. The overall feeling I got from this book was "what the hell had Kurt done to Sandford to inspire such hatred?" My overall advice to potential readers is buy "heavier than heaven" instead. This is a far more rounded biography, far more interesting and moving. Sandford should get back to writing about aging rock dinosaurs like the Rolling Stones- he's too old to understand the meaning of Nirvana
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Narrow! 19 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author is repeating all the time the same drug story and he doesn't seem to realise the genius of Kurt Cobain!
Go for other books about Kurt.
read the Journals. Of course they are not complete but you'll discover new things!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but contains so many lies. 1 April 2010
Even though this book is interesting, it contains so many lies, things that I think he just made up or exaggerated SO much, I don't recommend this, not one bit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The author clearly doesn't like Kurt 12 Oct 2009
I agree with orgasm addict, loads of "insights" seem completely unfounded. The more I read the more it was clear Christopher Sandford didn't even like Kurt Cobain. I'm moving on to Heavier than Heaven.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This book is incredibly well researched, giving a pretty much complete look into the whole life Cobain lived. Christopher Sandford starts at the beginning of Kurts life, giving an insightful look at the childhood that formed the heroin addict he grew into.
I found Sandford had written a really balanced account of Cobain, finding information from his mother and father who both loved and loathed the son they just didn't understand, his close relatives and other people who encountered Cobain at some point in his short, but fascinating life.
I really found this book to be an open door into Kurt's whirlwind life, his battle with drugs, his families denial of his problems and his tragic death.
I found every page of this book completely enthrawling and found it impossible to put down and would definately recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in who Kurt Cobain really was.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too narrow and sensational to be realistic 27 Aug 2001
By A Customer
...This book was very informative, though I'm not sure if it was entirely factual as his drug intake, alcohol abuse and life in general seems to be exaggerated. Even though a lot of research seems to have been carried out, the sources where Christopher Sandford, the author, has gathered the information seem unreliable as even though he has interviewed many people who knew or encountered Kurt Cobain, many of them seemed to have disliked or held a grudge against him or simply thought he was weird. The author doesn't seem to have consulted any reliable sources such as close friends, family, his wife or even people who admired or got on well with Kurt Cobain.
I didn't enjoy this book because it wasn't really what I was expecting. I expected more of a sugar coated evaluation of Kurt Cobain's life. Instead, the book was unnecessarily dark and melodramatic in tone, as the author only seems to include Kurt Cobain's problems, addictions and his depression. The many happy moments of his life seem to have been excluded. After reading this biography, it has become obvious that the author has a simplistic, and unsympathetic perspective on Kurt Cobain. To me, his perspective is too narrow and sensational to create a realistic or convincing analysis.
I don't think that this biography gives Kurt Cobain his due praise as when one listens to his music, a much more complex, more compelling, inspiring and touching portrait is painted. Even though I do understand that Kurt Cobain was far from a saint, I feel as though he deserves a biography, which does him justice as a person and musician, this book simply does not.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is rubbish 27 July 2004
When you read this book in conjuction with all the other material on Kurt Cobain such as interview,journals,other bios,video footage, you realize not only is it incredible badly put together but it is also full of worthless gossip and i am sure most of it is false. The book completly lacks structure and goes off on bizarre tangents and if you look at the people who gave the info on him they are mainly strangers interspersed with a few people from his past that have a grudge to bear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great, but 12 May 2014
By NikDraw
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Too long, I enjoyed it upto 300ish page, then it really should of been wrapped up. Too long, but one of most un glamourising books about him
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great read.if you are a kurt fan and like nirvana I Would highly recommend that you read this book. Very well written.
Published 12 months ago by carsloan
1.0 out of 5 stars useless and exaggerated
one of the worst books ever. the auther clearly despises kurt painting him as a spoiled recluse who lived in luxury while singing about poverty. Read more
Published 13 months ago by YLF
2.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Poor Writing
On the positive side, the book makes occasional compelling points about the behaviour and character of Kurt Cobain - for example, its summary of the many reasons posited for his... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2012 by NA Soulsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
I found this a gripping, well-written read. The author skillfully interweaves the three strands of Kurt Cobain's personal odyssey from boyhood in backwater Aberdeen, Washington to... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by Miketang
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
This is a great biography, in that it is able to give a balenced opinion of Cobain. I loved reading this because in some parts there were times where you question the author's... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by Quotable
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, insightful.
It would be so easy to write a book on Kurt Cobain and concentrate totally on the murder/suicide theories. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2003 by A. Gasson
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
Possibly the greatest biographical book on the life and times of Kurt Cobain. Well detailed, precise, and very interesting, if you are a fan of Kurt then you must buy this book.
Published on 6 May 2003 by Matthew Austin
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