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Kurt Cobain: Journals [Paperback]

Kurt Cobain
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27 Nov 2003
The first publication of Kurt Cobain's diaries, which were found after his death in 1994. Genuinely moving, provocative and candid, and suprisingly funny, pieces of writing which, as a whole, provide a unique account of the rise and fall of a greatpopular artist and icon.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141011467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141011462
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 20.3 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kurt Cobain was the singer and lead guitarist of seattle-based rock group Nirvana. He committed suicide in 1994.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dilemma.. 20 Oct 2003
By S. Yogendra VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book right after it came out. I read it during moments snatched from days and nights of a lot of academic work. When you open the book, it warns you 'not to read the diary when I (Kurt Cobain) am gone..' but my curiosity got the better of me. I read on to find a rather articulate and meticulous person (who else will make a checklist for every stop of the tour bus that includes 'check oil' and 'check tyres'?) quite different from the drugged persona that means a rock star to you and me. A chronicle of the way Kurt Cobain changed over time, it makes you wonder about 'success' in general and 'rock star success' in specific. Curiously there can be deep introspective moments but that was just my experience.
Strangely enough just around that time, we were discussing the changing concept of copyright in network economics. Besides I am deeply interested in privacy technologies and the social debate around it. In all, I experienced a terrible dilemma with this book - by buying this, was I aiding and abetting privacy violation (even posthumous) or copyright violation (since these are not Courtney Love's diaries so how could she publish them???).. Any guesses?
Read it only if you can deal with the conflicting emotions that rightly overcome you when you read someone's diary without their knowledge or consent.. 4 stars for the depressing times this caused me, when I could least afford the time..
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight, but at points illegible 12 Feb 2005
From what I can gather of the text I can actually read, this is an extremely good book, all be it a diary. The draft song lyrics are very interesting and the album cover and t-shirt ideas are, at points, hilarious. I'm not sure whether Kurt wanted his personal diaries released, but I'm sure Courtney would be able to find an excuse if called upon.
What would make this book 1000% better would be a version twice as thick, with the actual journal on the right hand page and a readable transcription on the left, like a Shakespeare play. This would make this an easy 5 star, where it rightly belongs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disrespectful to a man of great beauty. 10 July 2007
Kurt Cobain to be put bluntly is dead. He sadly passed away yet that has not stopped people from enjoying and loving the music of his band Nirvana. People can't get enough of the band or Kurt. So much so that his journal has now been published for anyone to read.

His journal contains all his personal thoughts and feelings, he wrote in his journal because it was private, he put his secrets there. And while people have the right for privacy they should also have that right during death, he should be given respect otherwise how can he rest in peace when all his secrets and feelings are being sold for money?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully tragic 26 Feb 2013
By emma
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just feel really sorry for Kurt now and I feel kind of bad for buying this thing. It was practically stolen from a dead person. It was a piece of him, a beautifully tragic piece of various periods of his short life. But I must admit he was a genius and his diaries have this little grunge-kind-of-suicidal magic in them. I love his drawings, he really did express himself and it only takes a small bit of common sense and compassion to understand it a bit. If you've ever been through a tough time, i'm sure you'll understand. I'm actually glad they didn't publish all his journals, memories deserve to be kept a secret. At least the private ones. And... some of the comments about him on here make me a little bit sick, I mean, he's dead... And no one reads your diaries either, so why so much judgement. You didn't know him in person, but I'm not trying to defend anyone. I'm just saying he was a huge inspiration to me, in a sad kind of way. He surely wasn't the best example for any person in the world, but a little respect towards a dead person wouldn't hurt you, perhaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you read you'll judge 23 Jan 2013
Ok I'm going to work now, when you wake up this morning, please read my diary. Look through my things, and figure me out
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 Jan 2005
Wow! I am really impressed with this book! I have been an avid Nirvana fan for a long time now, and when I read about the book I just had to buy it. The book is not one you can pick up and read because each page is not just a block of writing Kurt has wrote everyday. It contains drafts of letters to old bandmates and friends. The pictures and drawings that Kurt drew in his journal are amazing. He is not a person that is easily understood but this book has helped me learn alot about him. However, I was left with the feeling should I have read that. He was such a private person when he was alive, would he really want us reading his journals after his untimely death? But, a fantastic insight too an undoubtly talented man that makes a sightly guilty read.
P.S: You wouldn't like the book if you do not like Nirvana
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Own handwriting makes an impact. 6 April 2005
By A Customer
A different read to other books available because it's in his own handwriting; this in itself makes a physiological impact. The reader is able to take a brief glimpse into his personal thoughts and feelings (albeit high or not). It shows that not only was he an excellent song writer, but he was also artistically and literary talented (it is also worth noting that his spelling was surprisingly good and his bad language deliberately suppressed when necessary)! It also shows that his mind never seemed to stop ticking; he was, of course, a bomb waiting to go off. My only difficulty with this book is feeling guilty that I read it and enjoyed it. Read it and judge!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars disrespectful of a TRUE talent.
I have not purchased this nor would I, because it only became available to the public, because of Courtney love's addiction to money and power, and as she was becoming short of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by nonebutthebrave
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
i've only just got to pags 30 as its quite hard to understand this book as its not an actual story its bits and pieces that he has wrote down on a piece of paper and just been... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Andrew George Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
great price, was bigger than expected, interesting journal,came new as expected was very happy! love kurt my daughter loved it for her solo talk at school got her a great grade!!
Published 26 days ago by kathleen day
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My product came quickly and I knew it was a second hand book but only the outside cover was damaged not the actual book itself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aimee Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition
Got this product for my boyfriend who's 17, I haven't given it to him yet, but the products quality is excellent
Published 4 months ago by shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Cobain: Journals
The journals provided first-hand testimony of the explosion of creativity that marked these years of his life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by stellamaris55
4.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Cobain - Journals | Review
This review is an interesting one - as you may know, I was a huge Nirvana fan in my youth. I even changed my name to 'Dane Cobain', because it was my alias as a writer and my... Read more
Published 6 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Read my diary,figure me out
If you read you'll judge, cant put it any better than mr kurdt donald cobain. I read this collection of wonderfull words and stories and cartoons every day for about six months, if... Read more
Published 9 months ago by michael kahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Cobain Journals
Bought this for my friend's Daughter's 18th birthday - just what she wanted and she loves it. A good price
Published 12 months ago by Admin
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange , but fascinating
Having read much about the mystery surrounding Cobain's death and about his life , I bought this book to try and get into the head of the man. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ASUMNER
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