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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (6 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752844563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752844565
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The classic biography which explores the shocking drama of Kurt Cobain's troubled life

About the Author

Christopher Sandford turned to writing biographies after careers in public relations, sports journalism and fiction writing. He lives with his family in Seattle and Andorra.


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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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...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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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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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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This is one of the many books that I read as a kid on the subject of Kurt Cobain, but it’s also one of the better ones. Sandford, who’s also written biographies of Steve McQueen, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen and Roman Polanski, is the perfect man for the job – he’s thorough with his research and he writes fluidly. I can’t speak for any of his other work, but here you get the impression that he’s allowed himself and his writing to take a back seat – the focus is entirely on his subject, which is as it should be.

In fact, at 414 pages and with tiny print, I find it hard to think of another Kurt Cobain biography which is able to beat this based on the sheer quantity of information alone. Sandford could almost have managed to get two books out of it, and he must’ve struggled when preparing the final manuscript to decide where to draw the line. Of course, Cobain had a more interesting life than most, and so even in his 27 short years, he provided plenty of source material for Sandford to take advantage of.

Now, this book isn’t for everybody, but if you’re a Kurt Cobain fan or if you’re just a lover of grunge in general, then you’re sure to enjoy it. You’ll also enjoy it if you just have a thing for biographies, and, like most of them, this one includes some photographs to help you to visualise what was happening. Cobain died when I was five, and so they helped me to imagine what it might have been like to be a rock star whilst I was wandering around in nappies.

It also includes a bunch of appendices that music afficionados might find interesting, such as chronologies and indexes. And I guess that’s one of the good things about this book – depending upon how deep you want to get, you can use it many ways.
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