Entertain Us: The rise of Nirvana

Entertain Us: The rise of Nirvana

by Gillian G. Gaar
     
 

Nirvana are one of the most influential bands in rock history, and even now, nearly 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death, the reverence in which they are held is undiminished. Books have been written about Nirvana before, but they tend to concentrate on the band's superstar period and Kurt Cobain's demise, while skating over the early years. In Entertain Us,

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Nirvana are one of the most influential bands in rock history, and even now, nearly 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death, the reverence in which they are held is undiminished. Books have been written about Nirvana before, but they tend to concentrate on the band's superstar period and Kurt Cobain's demise, while skating over the early years. In Entertain Us, Gillian Gaar redresses the balance by examining in forensic detail the band's rise to fame, and their first album, Bleach. Seattle native Gaar was one of the first journalists to write about Nirvana, and covered the band's career closely, offering her a unique perspective to write this book. Drawing on extensive interviews with the key characters in the story, including bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Chad Channing, and producers Jack Endino and Butch Vig, the book charts the band's formation and early years as well as their role at the center of the grunge gold rush. By critiquing every song the band recorded in this period, tracing influences and unpicking complex relationships between band members, associates and record labels, Gaar gets to the heart of a compelling story.

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Publishers Weekly
Freely acknowledging that the story of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana has already been well-covered elsewhere, Gaar (Green Day: Rebels with a Cause) plumbs the depths to offer an exhaustive account of the early days of the kings of grunge. Though she covers the band's rise to stardom, her primary focus is on the details of the group's early recordings, shows, lineup changes, and tours. Casual listeners will likely tire of the quotidian minutiae Gaar obsessively chronicles—from the day certain members joined, to recording session details and the friends who drove the band to said sessions—, but hardcore fans will devour background trivia, like the story of the band's logo (designer Grant Alden was paid ) and Cobain's introduction to David Bowie and Leadbelly, two artists the band would later cover in their acoustic performance on MTV. But the real jewels are the many references to Nirvana's "With the Lights Out" box set, a collection of demos, rarities, and other recordings released in 2004 that Gaar worked on. The book works best as a companion piece to the compilation, providing fans with the backstory of various songs, performances, and clips that only get brief descriptions in the official set. Photos. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906002893
Publisher:
Outline Press, Limited
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,440,523
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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