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Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain (edition 2002)

by Charles R. Cross

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Title:Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
Authors:Charles R. Cross
Info:Hyperion (2002), Paperback, 432 pages
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The author does a commendable job fleshing out every single detail of Kurt's life, from birth to death; however, towards the middle of the book, it became overwhelming. There were *so* many details, especially small music-related details, that the narrative began to become bogged down. It felt as if I were reading a music history rather than a biography of Kurt Cobain. While I enjoyed reading Kurt's history, I felt that some of the music history belonged in another novel. ( )
  amandacb | Jul 1, 2013 |
Please don't waste your time. ( )
  scgervais | Jan 9, 2013 |
This book tells the artist's life from birth to death, telling everything that happened in his personal life and musical career. Contains many interviews and references, from my point of view, give credibility to the book.
  sofiamontesdr | Nov 26, 2012 |
Heavier Than Heaven is a well written and researched biography of the singer, guitarist and primary song writer of Nirvana. Kurt Cobain's suicide at the age of 27 has been well publicised, but I wasn't as familiar with struggles with poverty, depression, his parents' divorce and drugs.

I'm going to keep an eye out for Charles Cross's biography of Jimi Hendrix, which I hope is as good as this book. ( )
  tregonning | Jan 26, 2012 |
This is without any doubt the best biography i've ever read. It depicts so many different aspects to Cobain's personality, his family, his friends, his bandmates, and his art. Cross leaves nothing out as far as i can tell. It shows the compulsive lying, the creativity, the painful loneliness, the craving for a secure family life, the regret, and, of course, the drugs. It tells all the cool and all the not so cool secrets that weren't known before this book was published. I can't explain it better without giving away details, so you should buy this book and read it. Even if you don't like Kurt or his music, you will be fascinated. ( )
  breathtest | Aug 8, 2010 |
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For my family, for Christina and for Ashland.
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The first time he saw heaven came six hours and fifty-seven minutes after the very moment an entire generation fell in love with him.
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Kurt was a complicated, contradictory misanthrope, and what at times appeared to be an accidental revolution showed hints of careful orchestration.
Fame and success only seemed to make him feel worse.
Kurt enjoyed making up his own lyrcis, even as a toddler.
Kurt wrote on his bedroom wall: "I hate Mom, I hate Dad. Dad hates Mom, Mom hates Dad. It simply makes you want to be so sad."
One day he and John Fields were walking home from school when Fields told Kurt, he should be an artist, but Kurt casually announced: "I'm going to be a superstar musician, kill myself, and go out in a flame of glory."
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786884029, Paperback)

The art of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was all about his private life, but written in a code as obscure as T.S. Eliot's. Now Charles Cross has cracked the code in the definitive biography Heavier Than Heaven, an all-access pass to Cobain's heart and mind. It reveals many secrets, thanks to 400-plus interviews, and even quotes Cobain's diaries and suicide notes and reveals an unreleased Nirvana masterpiece. At last we know how he created, how lies helped him die, how his family and love life entwined his art--plus, what the heck "Smells Like Teen Spirit" really means. (It was graffiti by Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna after a double date with Dave Grohl, Cobain, and the "over-bored and self-assured" Tobi Vail, who wore Teen Spirit perfume; Hanna wrote it to taunt the emotionally clingy Cobain for wearing Vail's scent after sex--a violation of the no-strings-attached dating ethos of the Olympia, Washington, "outcast teen" underground. Cobain's stomach-churning passion for Vail erupted in six or so hit tunes like "Aneurysm" and "Drain You.")

Cross uncovers plenty of news, mostly grim and gripping. As a teen, Cobain said he had "suicide genes," and his clan was peculiarly defiant: one of his suicidal relatives stabbed his own belly in front of his family, then ripped apart the wound in the hospital. Cobain was contradictory: a sweet, popular teen athlete and sinister berserker, a kid who rescued injured pigeons and laughingly killed a cat, a talented yet astoundingly morbid visual artist. He grew up to be a millionaire who slept in cars (and stole one), a fiercely loyal man who ruthlessly screwed his oldest, best friends. In fact, his essence was contradictions barely contained. Cross, the coauthor of Nevermind: Nirvana, the definitive book about the making of the classic album, puts numerous Cobain-generated myths to rest. (Cobain never lived under a bridge--that Aberdeen bridge immortalized in the 12th song on Nevermind was a tidal slough, so nobody could sleep under it.) He gives the fullest account yet of what it was like to be, or love, Kurt Cobain. Heavier Than Heaven outshines the also indispensable Come As You Are. It's the deepest book about pop's darkest falling star. --Tim Appelo

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Based on extensive research, more than four hundred interviews, and Kurt Cobain's unpublished diaries, a portrait of the late rock star traces his rise to fame, his relationship with wife Courtney Love, and his tragic suicide.

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