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Rob Jovanovic
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1 Aug 2012
A fully revised and updated edition of the ultimate fan's guide to the music of Nirvana, exploring every minutiae of every recording session the band did right from the first demos recorded in Kurt Cobain's bedroom as far back as December 1982. Includes interviews from those intimately connected with the sessions including producers, offering fascinating glimpses into how the records were made and what shape the band (and particularly Cobain) were in. An in-depth examination of Nirvana's legacy of stunningly inventive and influential music.

Most books about Nirvana concentrate on Kurt Cobain's short tragic life and suicide. This one puts Nirvana's music center stage and traces the evolution of their songs from early rudimentary jams to finished masterpieces. Over 40 recording sessions, including private recordings, made between 1982 and 1994 are painstakingly analysed. Covered here are Kurt Cobain's first bedroom four-track demos and early rarities such as the legendary Fecal Matter tape; the groundbreaking sessions for Nevermind; the controversial Steve Albini recording of In Utero; Kurt's final works and much more, including TV and radio appearances, plus a discography. The author draws on hours of interviews with those who worked on Nirvana's sessions, including engineers, producers, guest musicians and other collaborators. When first published in hardback, Nirvana: The Recording Sessions gained a prestigious Certificate Of Merit from the American Association For Recorded Sound Collections in the category for Best Rock Research. This fully updated new paperback edition really gets to the heart of how and why Nirvana produced such amazing music.

'A brilliant overview of the band's musical output' -- NME

'An absolute treasure' -- Nottingham Post

'Exhaustive And Impeccably Researched' -- --Metal Hammer

'... manna from heaven'-- --Kerrang!

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Soundcheck Books; Revised edition (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956642063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956642066
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A brilliant overview of the band's musical output' -- NME

'An absolute treasure' -- Nottingham Post

'Exhaustive And Impeccably Researched' -- --Metal Hammer

'… manna from heaven'-- --Kerrang!

'… manna from heaven'-- --Kerrang!

'… manna from heaven'-- --Kerrang!

About the Author

Rob Jovanovic is a well-respected full-time music writer having published books on Beck, R.E.M., Velvet Underground amongst others and worked with publishers as diverse as Orion, Aurum and Piatkus. He has also written a book on football cards and stickers for Orion, and as a Nottingham Forest fan residing in the city he lives life in a state of perpetual disappointment.

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4.0 out of 5 stars For Avid Nirvana Fan's Only! 2 Oct 2012
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I read this book in a few days as it is a relatively easy read with regards to the 'bite size chunk' method i.e. each recording session is broken down to digest accordingly. The book starts from the extremely early days and follows the bands evolution of recording sessions with dates and locations, producers and recorders.

The book covers so much detail that even as a massive Nirvana fan I found myself getting marginly confused as to what was happening when as there are so many references to further on in the book (and later on, earlier on in the book) and I found myself flipping urgently backwards and forwards to previous and future pages to try and knot the story together.

Don't get me wrong it must have been a tough task to collate this book as despite the short life of Nirvana's recordings it is quite a fluctuating read. In the introduction the author introduces us to a code to use which are made up of 'digits' to use whilst reading the book for example; studio recordings, live recordings etc using different letters and numbers, hence the going backwards and forwards to fully understand what was happening when.

On the flip side, it is a real eye opener and the author goes into some really interesting facts about the music and the tunes that were crafted or thrown away during Nirvana's lifespan and there are some marvellous quotes from the band members about how and why things were changed, modified and re-recorded using different producers. I love the fact that the book quotes that when Kurt came up with the Heart SHaped Box riff, Courtney asked if she could have it and Kurt merely said 'no!'

In conclusion the book can either be a dip in and out read or (as in my case) a three day plug.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for fans 21 Dec 2012
By Adama
Rob Jovanovic applies his customary attention to detail and expertise as a season rock journalist and author to this excellent book. Nirvana fans will no doubt be pleased to have this book in their collection as it details every single recording Nirvana ever made. Fully extended and updated, the new edition of The Recording Sessions is incredibly detailed but rarely dry. Jovanovic has a smooth writing style and an eye for detail. There are so many books on Nirvana now especially recently with the 20th Anniversary of Nevermind but I think this one is one of the best and I've read most of them, at least the ones worth reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sofa King Disappointed 10 Oct 2013
By Will Bhe - Published on
As a point of reference (which is a sadly topical pun), I'm a recording musician. I've also been university educated and worked in education for years.
Therefore I know gear, I know the recording process, and I unfortunately have a l-o-t of time using reference materials.
This book u-t-t-e-r-l-y fails on both counts.

I was looking forward to listening to albums and using this book, firstly, to read along, track by track, as I listened to the In Utero 20th anniversary album.
Forget it.
The layout of the book makes it THE single most confusing, counter intuitive, pretty much useless, reference book I've ever read.
Out of hundreds.
The table of contents is laid in order the tracks were put down, all versions (this adds to confusion later).
It doesn't offer a listing by album release.
This makes reading while one listens: Impossible.

And as I read, the few tech references there were used terms that screamed that the author had


about recording, or music production, or playing!
When you read the bibliography, it's full of nearly every commercially released book on the band, n-o-n-e of which deal much with recording.
It even includes the (excellent expose) "Who Killed Kurt Cobain?" as a reference which I've read and only contains anecdotes related to dates of recording and a few other none-too-detailed references to recording.

This is a useless book.
Sent back day after I opened it.

DEF not 'nirvana'.
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