Journals

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The lyrics notebook and personal journals of Kurt Cobain, iconic singer of the band Nirvana.

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...

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Overview

The lyrics notebook and personal journals of Kurt Cobain, iconic singer of the band Nirvana.

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
These journal entries by Nirvana front man Cobain record his thoughts from the late 1980s until his suicide in 1994. There are no real answers to his death to be found in this collection of scrawled notes, first drafts of letters, shopping lists, and ballpoint pen drawings, although the nature of Cobain's fame will make it hard for readers not to look for them. At best, a series of intimate portraits emerge: a kid from high school; a cousin and neighbor; a bright, sensitive, fun-loving and morbid punk rocker who became spokesman for a generation he largely detested. Cobain's journals remind fans of how unlikely was his rise to fame: here was a kid from Aberdeen, dreaming of being in the next Meat Puppets, not the next Doors, who signed on with an independent label named SupPop, and ended up changing the course of commercial radio. Cobain's early letters to fellow rockers in the grunge scene also remind readers of how small and close that community was, and of the fairly incendiary politics it had developed through the Reagan years. For a true punk believer like Cobain, the loss of that community was also the loss of himself. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The question of how to package Cobain's journals (originally contained in more than 20 notebooks) became as important as whether they should be published. Courtney Love, Cobain's widow, ultimately decided to go with Riverhead, and her choice appears to have been a good one. Reproduced here are actual notebook pages, filled with the musician's drawings, thoughts, desires, moods, lists, and declarations, showcasing his many talents, as much as his penchant for morbidity, in an amalgamation of handwritings. While this collection offers another level of intimacy for fans who have already experienced the musician's life via records, news clippings, album art, and several biographies, no one involved with the project provides any context, and this absence is keenly felt. Notes are scattered and applied to things that are of little interest, while other confusing pieces are left without the slightest comment. Given Love's vigilance in all matters Nirvana and Cobain, it is surprising that she was not more hands-on here. Still, Journals remains a good complement to Charles R. Cross's Heavier Than Heaven, which references the notebooks, and a unique addition to popular music collections.-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573223591
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 42,789
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt Cobain was the leader of the groundbreaking Seattle rock band Nirvana.  He died in 1994.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Greatly amazing

    This book puts you right into the life of Kurt Cobain. It shows you how Kurt truely felt about situations in his life. It is greatly detailed. This is Kurt's life in his words not anyone else's. I could not think of any better way of telling Kurt's life story but from his own personal journals.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    An unsent letter.

    To anyone who is not a Nirvana fan - I don't know why you are even bothering to look at this. Read no further.

    For those who ARE Nirvana fans, tread forward with caution.

    This book was an insightful look into one of the most beautiful minds that I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing as it unfolded. People talk about where they were, or what they were doing when great catastrophes happened in the world. Laugh if you want, but I still remember where and what I was doing when I heard that Kurt Cobain was dead.

    I thought this book was a very interesting look into Kurt Cobain's mind. It's not an autobiography. Kurt kept journals, drawings, clips of paper with notes and thoughts sprawled across them, rough drafts, and unsent letters. This book is a wide variety of these things photocopied from the originals. Some writing is almost illegible. On other pages you can see the emotion in the jerky script.

    Most of the passages describe his frustration with the music industry, fanzines, and journalists that misunderstood him. In some areas it shows a lot of his beliefs about the world around him and what he believed to be a perfect society. When it comes down to it, you had to have been a fan to bother buying it, and you have to appreciate it for what it is.

    I will leave you with my own mad ramblings in a letter to Kurt that will never be sent.

    Kurt,

    They're not dyeing out like the dinosaurs. They have mutated into something much worse than you ever could have imagined. They've built a breed of music that no matter how many times you turn away, it keeps growing. They try to make it look like it's for our own good, but...

    It's just the beginning. The media has control. Now they tell us what we are supposed to like. Pop stars, the kid next door, and televised competitions for contracts? And it all revolves around selling the sexually provocative image of an under aged teen. Their voices are electronically altered, or it takes five people to sing one song, and not a single one of them knows how to play an instrument. It makes no sense to me that tweens are billboard successes, and they are singing about things that they won't come close to experiencing for another ten years.

    None of them write the lyrics. There is a small group of people in an ill lit room somewhere scribbling out the next big hit. I assure you the words; "baby", "party", or "hot" are well peppered through it. There are no deep meaningful songs anymore, no words to make you think hard, it's all superficial bull. Hell no, you're not allowed to express any other emotion than happiness or love. If you do.then it's considered too political. POLITICAL? It's politics to express frustration? The frustration of being spoon fed the same garbage over and over. I'm sorry, I would like some variety. Or how about you just quit playing the same crappy song so much I want to puke?

    I've given up on finding anything original in the air waves Kurt. I say turn off the radio station, unplug your MTV (that no longer plays music), and start searching. I refuse to let them feed me what they want me to like. I do not listen to the radio and I don't shop in stores for CDs. I've taken to searching the internet for bands that I've never heard of. I want to like bands that people think don't exist. They ask me, "Who's this?" I tell them the name of the band, and they always follow up with, "I've never heard of them." People never ask about the band again. If it can't be fed

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    interesting

    a good book,lets you really get in kurt cobains head ,I dont know if thats ok but its very interesting

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Nirvana, Nirvana, Nirvana!

    If you are a Nirvana fan 'Journals' by: Kurt Cobain is an absolute must! The first page says something like 'I'm going to work, don't read my diary...' then 'Read my diary and figure me out.' Of course that's not exactly what it said but close. Kurt Cobain's mind was a wonderous thing and with this book you can start to understand it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

    R.I.P. Kurt Cobain(from a hardcore Kurt and Nirvana fan)

    This is prbly the most amazing man that ever lived in the world of rock!!! im only 13 so i don't remember hearing bout Kurt's death in 94 but i wish i was old enough to remember him. he was definitely murdered. i wish he wasn't dead. He didn't deserve it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    My Life and Nirvana

    The wisdom of my life comes from the lyrics that Kurt Cobain spoke on the stage with his music. When i listen to his music i feel like he sang the song because he knew what is inside of me of pain.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    NIRVANA IS MISIC

    OK before kirt died he said 'When i die take my things read my diary go through my things find out what you know about me not what you hear show the world who the real kirt kobain is.' so any body that thinks this is wong donest know enoughf about him this is a stong book and it tells you a lot about him i think every body should read this let kirt rest in peace we love you

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2003

    Rad

    Kurt Cobain was and is more influencial than any politian has been or ever will be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    For Hardcore Kurt Fans ONLY!!!

    Don't read this unless you really respect Kurt's opionons. And don't read it unless you really love him, because then it won't make any sense to you. If you just like a few of his songs, it won't do you any good. This IS the only way you'll understand him in his own words. You'll finally understand him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    what caused his stomach pain?

    The overriding pain in his abdomen seemed to drive him to death more than anything else-could this have been chronic pancreatitis?It hurts like hell,is rare,cannot be fully cured,and only really responds to opiate treatment.Maybe this is what did him in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    Kurt

    Kurt Cobain was the most talented, deranged, beautiful being that has ever walked this earth. No one will ever come close to his mind, he was a genius. His heart and soul were trapped but at the same time free'd by the drugs, he lived off of them and died slowly everyday. Heroin was his "everyday suicide" (and true fans will understand what I mean by saying that), not the gun, Courtney did that, he would never leave his daughter, he loved her so much, he didn't even want to take his daughter in a car for fear of getting in an accident, he would lay in bed puking up his whole inside as long as he saw his beautiful creation everyday. Courtney was responsible for his death, and karma will take care of her. Kurt's no longer in physical pain, but he's still in emotional pain, even in his after-life. His daughter was the only thing that kept him alive all those years that suicide was taunting hin, begging him to give in, but he was strong for HIS DAUGHTER, he refused the temptation of suicide for her,not the money, fame, or Courtney. He would never leave her alone in the dark without his light to guide her, his daughter was his heart and soul, and music was his escape, and he was the "drug's toy". We'll miss you forever Kurt.....

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    Genius

    Kurt Cobain is one of my idols, and this journal shows why. He is very smart in his own troubled way. This book really shows who he was, and not very many people got to see the true Kurt.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    R. I. P. Kurt Cobain

    I am a huge Kurt Cobain fan and im in love with this book. You get to know the real Kurt. If your a Nirvana or Kurt Cobain fan you should buy this book. You wont regret it. You get to read his thouights and look at his drawings and doodles. Seriously buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2010

    Very Interesting Book

    This was a great in depth veiw of the life of Kurt Cobain and the band Nirvana. It has the photocopies of his actual journals with his drawings, thoughts, letters, and song lyrics. These journals were taken after he committed suicide in 1994. There are many good stories about Kurt that are often tragic. This really shows you the kind of person that Kurt Cobain was which is very different from what you might think. It was very interesting to see how the band Nirvana came to be as it is known today. In the journals he has letters to band mates and record companies, showing exactly how Nirvana began. After reading this book I have gained a much greater appreciation for the great musician that Kurt Cobain was. The only complaint I have about it is that since it is all in his handwriting, some words and sentences can be kind of hard to read because he has things scratched out and sloppy handwriting. It also jumps around and is hard to follow at times because it is a compilation of multiple journals. Luckily, there is a explanation in the back of the book to tell where the writings are coming from. Despite these minor flaws, this by no means should make you not read this book. Anyone who enjoys the music of Nirvana will most likely enjoy this book. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    RIP Kurt...

    I bought this book 2 days ago and I love it.Even though I'm only 14 and I never got to see Nirvana live or actually live in that moment in time,I feel like I actually know Kurt.This book is wonderful.Please buy this book because it's not a waste of your money!

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    KURT.... I DO BELIVE YOU ARE AMAZING.

    Though i am only 17 years old and i wasnt odl enough to hear him perform. I am a huge fan of him and will forever be! He was a great man and a great writer. i think he was an amazing soul and his life was cut short. On a happier note tho he would have wonted people to know his life stories but then agin somethings should be kept private i felt bad in a werid way for reading his journals, but it made me feel like i had meet him and knew him. that would have been amazing. but i have told all of my friends to read this book its amazing and i do belive that everyone would be surprised to read some of the things he wrote, he had very true heart if only he would have had longer to share it with the world!!!!! KURT I LOVE YOU!!!!! YOU ARE AMAZING AND WILL FOREVER BE!!!!!

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE KURT COBAIN

    I LOVE HIM SO MUCH THE LEAST I COULD DO IS LEAVE A MESSAGE ABOUT IT IN BOLD LETTERING........THOUGH I WAS BORN IN THE NINTIES AND LISTENED TO NIRVANAS MUSIC WITH MY SISTER I WOULDN'T ACTUALLY KNOW WHO THEY WERE UNTIL I CREATED WHO I HAD WANTED TO BE. LISTENING TO THE WORDS OF KURT COBAIN MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I AM NOT ALONE IN THE WORLD AND THAT PEOPLE CAN SHARE THE SAME EMOTIONS WITH ME EVEN IF I THINK NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND............I MISS HIM EVERYDAY OF MY SORRY LITTLE LIFE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    I absolutely love Kurt Cobain! I have read bits and pieces of this book and loved every page. I do feel a bit guilty about reading his 'private' journals, but it's RIGHT there. I like to read and hear his feelings and emotions. It's as if it's him talking while you're reading through the words. I LOVE Kurt Cobain!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    l-o-v-e him.

    I think Kurt Cobains journal is a great book. I personally loved him and think it was great learning about more of his thoughts. i think it is perfectly fine to post someones personal diary after death. there are roably 1,000 of people ou there interested in him and want to read this.. It happens with many other people too. look at ann frank, one of the most famous diaries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    Read My Diary

    Reading this journal really helps you understand wat Kurt and so many others go through everyday not only that if i remember right it says i his diary,'Don't read my diary when I'm gone.' And for a moment, anyone with qualms about invading a dead man's privacy will wonder whether to press onward through Kurt Cobain's posthumously published Journals. After all, this is a man who spent the last few years of his life recoiling from onlookers, and here we are now, ready to scrutinize even his most casually tossed-off thoughts. But true to his famously contradictory nature, Cobain's admonition turns into an invitation just a few lines later. 'Please read my diary,' he says. 'Look through my things, and figure me out.' and by him saying himself that he wants you to read his diary makes it ok even though it seems wrong.

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