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1.0 out of 5 stars
A sycophantic suck-up, 11 Jun. 2003
I wanted to like this book - I really did. I wanted to read a book about the grunge scene, about some of my favourite bands such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney etc. As much as I like Nirvana I wanted to read a book that didn't consider them the epicentre of grunge, the saviours of punk rock or rock 'n' roll (or whatever you want to label it) and above all I wanted to read a book written by someone who didn't kiss the collective a**e of Cobain, Love et al. Everett True is a true suck-up, a bandwagon hanger-on who wanted more than anything to look cool and attach himself to whoever the media deemed to be the coolest band.
In my opinion both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were always more interesting and intelligent bands than Nirvana and Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell and Mark Lanegan had and will always have much more to offer than Kurt Cobain ever did.
If you're a Nirvana fan and enjoy reading a leach's eye view of how great Nirvana were and how unimportant every other Seattle band were then this is the book for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for a 'true' book about grunge, Seattle and the bands that really typified that scene I'd look elsewhere.