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Journals (2002)

by Kurt Cobain

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I notice the editor isn't named. You do get a sense of the author. Whether this is a true image is of course open to debate. I'm not convinced that a man's private and random jottings are a valid basis for judgement, nor even that these things should be made public.

The impression you get is of an uneducated, immature and confused man. He lets vent to such hatred against people for being what he himself is and does, banging on about his white guilt and how he's going to change things from within. He can be funny in a darkly ironic way but there's a truely dark and revisionist side here. You can see him degenerate as his drug use takes hold.

As I say, I don't know that these jottings can really reveal the man, but what we have here has been well arranged to tell a story. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 22, 2015 |
Interesting, mildly. His personal journals; I could relate, as a teenager, but now it seems like nonsense (as do my own journals from that age).

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  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
In 6th grade I liked Kurt Cobain.
  allisonneke | Dec 17, 2013 |
A lot has been said and written about Kurt Cobain and not all of it can be called polite or even true, just people making up stuff, trying to read too much into his words and generally just being arrogant enough to say things as if they knew him.

So this was an opportunity to discover the real person. I have always had admiration for him and reading the pieces put together from his journals has solidified it a million times more. I have nothing but the deepest respect for his opinions. When it comes to knowing about Kurt Cobain it is very essential to not use sources that did not have his backing, so what if people like to keep certain things private, no one would like their lives to be analysed the way it happened with Kurt Cobain or in fact most of the artists who get famous.

Therefore, while a lot has been said, very few of it is worthwhile for someone who really cares about Nirvana's music and the things that it stood for. This of course is the best thing to one can read to actually know parts of Kurt Cobain. Another would be the Michael Azzerad book and the movie 'Kurt Cobain-About a Son' based on it. The film is beautifully made.

I felt rather conflicted because Kurt had always valued his privacy so highly but I'm really glad that I read it because I cannot think of a single reason why someone would not like him after reading it. Better than reading what other self-righteous scum-bags had to say. ( )
  AyeshaF | Dec 9, 2013 |
This book is interesting if you're a huge Cobain fan and deeply interested in his most banal scribblings. There are some cool bits--song lyrics he's working out--but mostly this is marginalia. It's certainly of some historical value, but it's not super riveting to the average fan or reader. ( )
  cstrayed | Aug 20, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 157322359X, Paperback)

Kurt Cobain filled dozens of notebooks with lyrics, drawings, and writings about his plans for Nirvana and his thoughts about fame, the state of music, and the people who bought and sold him and his music. His journals reveal an artist who loved music, who knew the history of rock, and who was determined to define his place in that history. Here is a mesmerizing, incomparable portrait of the most influential musician of his time.

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Presents lyrics, drawings, letters, and other writings from Kurt Cobain's journals, revealing his thoughts on Nirvana, fame, fans, and the state of rock music.

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