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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: 21.3 x 2.6 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,607 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emma on 26 Feb. 2013
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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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Yogendra VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2003
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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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hedgeman on 12 Feb. 2005
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brittany on 6 Jun. 2011
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I've read the Journals many times. I remember I didn't wanted to purchase the book at first, that the selling of the Journals only would made Courtney richer, taking advantage of her late husband's fame, not only, taking advantage of the man who adored her (listen to Reading 1992 , before All Apologies, for proof) and - according some very interesting theories based on tons of clear evidences - who she murdered.
But it happened that I was looking for something interesting to read and I came across a copy of it at a very discounted price, and I couldn't help to buy it.
Reading Cobain's Journals is somewhat like reading Christiane F. (the German girl that used heroin from the age of 13. The book she herself wrote about her life and her experiences is so beautiful that it was made into a very famous and successful movie in the 70's).
I think reading Cobain's Journal is very important and interesting for everyone, but most of all, for 4 kind of people:
- people interested in writing and playing their own music and starting a band;
- people involved in drug use and whatever kind of addiction;
- people interested in teenagers, their own world, and the world that is all around them, explained from their own point of view;
- people interested in Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.
The book, of course after his music and his art, is the most interesting portrait of Kurt Cobain one could ever find.
There we can find the real Kurt Cobain, so different from the usual image we are often forced to deal with: so very different from the one you can read in Heavier than Heaven, for instance.
I was struck from all the nasty things that happened in Kurt's life, and I was even more struck from his clear, serene, dethatched way to tell and to explain them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "kool_katie21" on 22 Jan. 2005
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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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