Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana

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Nirvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell  nearly five million copies of their landmark album  Nevermind, whose thunderous sound  and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion,  frustration, and passion of the emerging  Generation X. Come As You Are is the  close-up, intimate story of Nirvana -- the  only book with exclusive in-depth  interviews with bandmembers Kurt Cobain, Krist Noveselic,  and Dave Grohl, as well as...
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Overview

Nirvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell  nearly five million copies of their landmark album  Nevermind, whose thunderous sound  and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion,  frustration, and passion of the emerging  Generation X. Come As You Are is the  close-up, intimate story of Nirvana -- the  only book with exclusive in-depth  interviews with bandmembers Kurt Cobain, Krist Noveselic,  and Dave Grohl, as well as friends, relatives,  former bandmembers, and associates -- now updated to  include a new final chapter detailing the last  year of Kurt Cobain's life, before his tragic suicide  in April 1994.

Written with the full cooperation of Nirvana, this book coincides with the release of their new album. Nirvana reveals the truth about the ongoing allegations of heroin use, pressures of sudden success, and more. 8-page color insert. 50 photos.

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An in-depth look at the humble beginnings of the three members of Nirvana, who rose from obscurity in 1991 to redefine popular music, selling nearly five million copies of their landmark album, Nevermind. Written before Kurt Cobain's suicide, this detailed, intimate book, the only one with exclusive interviews with Cobain, Krist Noveselic, and Dave Grohl, as well as their friends, relatives, and associates, has been updated to include a final chapter detailing the last year of Kurt Cobain's life, before his tragic death in April 1994. Includes photos and illustrations.
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"Amazingly raw and  candid... Come As You Are is as  good as rock bios get"  -- Billboard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385471992
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 232,903
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Highly Recommended - Very descriptive and copious with details

    Kurt Cobain was born in a catholic family in Olympia, Washington. When his parents got a divorce at age 7, it completely changed his reflection towards people and life. He grew up as a troubled kid, getting into trouble, doing drugs, failing school. He was in numerous bands and dropped out of high school his senior year from insufficient grades and low credit, which gave him the opportunity to focus on music.
    This book went deep into the true meaning of life and how to rise to the top from having nothing. It was true motivation on paper that exploded right in my face. It explained the hardships and sacrifices towards being on top at a musical standpoint.
    Overall, the book was astounding and changed my outlook on life and the sudden success it provides you with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    The most interesting book I've read all year.

    This book is awesome and some parts I laughed some parts I felt very sad knowing how the book would end. I loved it. I thought it was so funny how it described Nirvana in its earliest stages and how they all drove around in a cramped little van going to gigs where 4 people showed up. I never would've imagined Krist to be this hilarious drunken clumbsy doofus (in a good way) that he comes off as through the book. It showed the many sides of Kurt and how Dave changed their sound into what it became, Nirvana. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone for a informational, interesting or just plain funny read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    THIS BOOK RULES

    I loved this book!!! It was so interesting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    The Book is well written. The Author knows its subject very well

    The Book is well written. The Author knows its subject very well! You get a sense that the author spent a lot of time with its subject before writing the book.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    What can I say....It keeps my grandson reading!

    My 13 year old grandson is into all kinds of music and loves reading about the different bands that were out there before he was even born! He is Autistic but is very verbal and enjoys talking about the different types of music. Anything that keeps his brain stimulated is well worth the cost.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    "come as you are" review

    pretty good book as far as rock bios go. the final chapter detailing kurt's last year is not as promised tho- pretty thin on details.
    the writing gets annoying occasionally but i would recommend it.
    what i learned most- what became apparent half way through- was that the very thing that kurt wanted - was the very thing that he couldn't live with himself for having achieved.
    i've never seen someone so at odds- so on a path to self-destruct.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Let Down

    The book was good if you wanted to get to know the band and how they came along, but far as personally learning about Cobain,Novoselic, and Grohl, I felt like i was reading a tabloid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    If you really want to know

    While this is a good book, filled with wonderful pictures, and actually has interviews from Kurt himself, it is a slightly skewed version of his life and Nirvana's rise to fame. Kurt Cobain was know for making up stories about his life rather then telling the truth. If you want to know that real story of Kurt Cobain, then you might want to try Heaver Then Heaven by Charles R. Cross. Through years of reasarch and over 400 interviews, he truly gives a wonderful view of everything Nirvana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    (sniff, sniff) this book reeks of 'Teen Spirit'!

    first of all, this book is awesome! so awesome that if i were to actually write all the words to describe it, i could very well write my own book! being a huge nirvana fan and a high school senior, i found this book not only 99.9% accurate but, also, thoroughly enjoyable. one of my friends, who had, for some ungodly reason, never even heard of nirvana, read this book i let him borrow and ended up knowing just about as much as i did about them by the end of the week! i love kurt cobain and whatever higher force that is out there (god, jehovah, etc.) i hope they make sure he rests in peace, he will always be loved and missed greatly by fans and musicians alike and, being that i play the guitar and i know the angst of the teenage years, i have a great deal of respect for his legendary music. in short: if you know nothing about nirvana and kurt cobain and the legend that is the very essence of this band, read this book and you will get the complete 4-1-1! rock on, live strong, & have no regrets! ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    Nirvana

    kurt cobain must be the most BRILLIANT person that ever created music on the face of the earth i've never heard such awesome music there are just no words to describe him and the rest of the band Kurt Cobain - May you rest in peace for those who don't know, Kurt Cobain shot himself on April 5th, 1994 in his Seattle home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    NIRVANANDREA

    Hey I have to tell all of you here that NIRVANA is the best band in the world, and now a' days you dont get any band better then them. I wish Kurt were still alive today still breathing and making beautiful music. I am totally obsessed with them and I cant get enough of them. I have contests with my friends all the time to see who knows more about the band, and of course I always win! So this book is a great addition to my collection and I would recomend it to anyone interested in NIRVANA and Kurt Donald Cobain!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2002

    Must-buy for Nirvana Fans

    This book tells all. From Kurt's first guitar, to his last performace with the members of Nirvana. It shows the struggles that him and Courtney went through when they had their baby, and the internal struggles with Kurt and the rest of the band. This book gives you a real feel for what everyone in the band's life went through, in the good times and the bad times, with drugs the alcohol and all that other stuff. This is one of those books that you sit down to read and fall asleep, but end up reading until 4 am in the morning. Great book for anyone into Nirvana and the whole Seattle scene in the 90's, and even better for those who know nothing about Nirvana or the Seattle Sound (even though Nirvana really came from Aberdeen, Washington)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    NirVana

    This is the best book about Nirvana I've read yet...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    Great!

    I was only like 9 years old when Nirvana was big so I never listened to them until I discovered them a few years ago, now I'm hooked. I like this book because it reveals so much about Kurt's thinking and his genius. If you think 'Nevermind' is what Nirvana is all about then you should pick up 'In Utero' and this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Great

    This book was great. Im a big big big nirvana fan. Kurt is awsome so is Dave and Krist. I wanted to know alot about Kurt and the band. I havent read this whole book but.. i read about 7 pages its very interesting. I never read but this book i will always read forever. Its got good pictures and its just a good book so far from what i seen i suggest it to any nirvana fan. KDC 1967-1994

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2002

    great book

    great book a must read for all nirvana fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    AWESOME

    this book was just awesome. it tells you everything u could ever want to know about nirvana told by the band memebers. i couldn't put it down. i finished it in 3 days. i recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves Nirvana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Fantastic and interesting

    This was a great book it explained so much that i wanted to know about Kurt Cobain. About how had been brought up and how the whole band 'Nirvana' started. I think it would've been better if they had writtin a part about the mysteries of his sudden death. Everybody wonders weither it is a suicide or a murder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2001

    COMPLETE NIRVANA

    This book tells all from the band themselves just merely told through a writter. All the info about kurt's life came from kurt complete with commentary from kurt. Any nirvana fan NEEDS to read this book! Its a must read! THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2001

    Nirvana ~

    I think you people really should no nirvana has MANY more songs than just smells like teen spirit. In fact smells like teen spirit isnt even one of their better songs...

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