Kurt Cobain Paperback – 6 Dec 2001
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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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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
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.
Go for other books about Kurt.
read the Journals. Of course they are not complete but you'll discover new things!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christopher Sanford clearly hates Kurt, there is no other reason to write something like this. He claims he beat up Chad Channing regularly, sexually assaulted one young women and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Wilson
Too long, I enjoyed it upto 300ish page, then it really should of been wrapped up. Too long, but one of most un glamourising books about himPublished on 12 May 2014 by ncaw123
Great read.if you are a kurt fan and like nirvana I Would highly recommend that you read this book. Very well written.Published on 10 Aug. 2013 by carsloan
one of the worst books ever. the auther clearly despises kurt painting him as a spoiled recluse who lived in luxury while singing about poverty. Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by YLF
On the positive side, the book makes occasional compelling points about the behaviour and character of Kurt Cobain - for example, its summary of the many reasons posited for his... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by NA Soulsby
I found this a gripping, well-written read. The author skillfully interweaves the three strands of Kurt Cobain's personal odyssey from boyhood in backwater Aberdeen, Washington to... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2012 by Miketang
This is a great biography, in that it is able to give a balenced opinion of Cobain. I loved reading this because in some parts there were times where you question the author's... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2010 by Quotable