Nirvana: The Biography

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As the assistant editor of Melody Maker, Everett True was the first journalist to cover the Seattle music scene in early 1989 and interview Nirvana. He is responsible for bringing Hole, Pavement, Soundgarden, and a host of other bands to international attention. He introduced Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love, performed on stage with Nirvana on numerous occasions, and famously pushed Kurt onto the stage of the Reading Festival in 1992 in a wheelchair. Nirvana: The Biography is an honest, moving, incisive, and ...

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Overview

As the assistant editor of Melody Maker, Everett True was the first journalist to cover the Seattle music scene in early 1989 and interview Nirvana. He is responsible for bringing Hole, Pavement, Soundgarden, and a host of other bands to international attention. He introduced Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love, performed on stage with Nirvana on numerous occasions, and famously pushed Kurt onto the stage of the Reading Festival in 1992 in a wheelchair. Nirvana: The Biography is an honest, moving, incisive, and heartfelt re-evaluation of a band that has been misrepresented time and time again since its tragic demise in April 1994 following Kurt Cobain’s suicide. True captures what the band was really like. He also discusses the music scene of the time-the fellow bands, the scenes, the seminars, the countless live dates, the friends and allies and drug dealers. Drawn from hundreds of original interviews, Nirvana: The Biography is the final word on Nirvana, Cobain, and Seattle grunge.

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Editorial Reviews

Seattle Times
A lot like Nirvana the band: fascinating, troubling...and flashes of brilliance that make it all worthwhile.
Hartford Courant
A monster piece of rock writing...For the dedicated music fan...It's not just a history of the band.
New York Post
Smells like a good bio...True is true to Nirvana's past.
GQ
Fascinating . . . An alt-rock Great Gatsby with True as Nick Carraway and Kurt and Courtney as Tom and Daisy . . . Riveting.
Time Out Chicago
True . . . has a solid understanding of the band's artistic importance, not just as improbable unit-shifters or as a social phenomenon.
Benjamin Kunkel
The one outstanding virtue of True’s book is his close attention to musical politics, especially Cobain’s ambivalent relationship to the puritanically anticommercial, do-it-yourself ethos he discovered among the musicians of Olympia, Wash., where he lived for several years. “Hello, we’re major-label corporate rock sellouts,” Cobain declared to a crowd in early 1991, not long after the band signed with the David Geffen Company; and Nirvana could never decide whether its success counted as victory or appeasement.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

True's history of the superstar 1990s band gets off to a rough start when he invokes the "live fast, die young" cliché and declares, "Kurt Cobain left one of the best-looking corpses around," perhaps not the most tasteful epitaph given the singer' s shotgun suicide. Subsequent chapters on Cobain' s early years are bogged down with interviews with just about anyone who ever met him, many with little apparent editing from the original transcripts. Fortunately, the pace picks up as Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl join the band, and the trio rocket to fame. True trades heavily on his role as one of the first music journalists to write about the Seattle scene, as well as his status as Cobain's "drunken English buddy" and an ambiguously close relationship with Courtney Love (he also takes credit for introducing the two to each other). His insider perspective, combined with a tighter control over the interview selection, brings thoughtful insight to Cobain's dramatic crash-and-burn. Yet though largely respectful, True is somewhat ambivalent, questioning the extent of Cobain's talent and openly wondering if Nirvana had any real influence on rock. His opinionated, idiosyncratic take on the band is sure to set tongues wagging and respark the debate over how things went so wrong for Cobain so fast. 32 pages of photos. (Apr.)

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British rock journalist True (Hey Ho Let's Go: The Story of the Ramones) was friends with the members of Nirvana during the band's short time in the world spotlight in the early 1990s. Here, he assembles his own recollections, published sources, and hundreds of interviews into a detailed biography that recounts--among instances of drug and domestic abuse, suicide attempts, spirited stage shows, recordings, and business travails--his introducing frontman Kurt Cobain and future wife Courtney Love. When the inevitable contradictions arise, True makes sense of his interviewees' varying versions of the past, often offering up his insider thoughts on the sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll that was Nirvana. Yet despite the largely kiss-and-tell-and-everything-in-between nature of this biography, True manages to analyze successfully the Seattle grunge sound and put Nirvana and other grunge bands into their proper context. Recommended for public libraries to complement Michael Azerrad's Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, long the go-to biography of the band featuring interviews with Cobain, and Charles R. Cross's Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain.
—James E. Perone

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306815546
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Pages: 636
  • Sales rank: 470,311
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Everett True is a music journalist and the author of biographies of the Ramones, the White Stripes, Supergrass, and many others. He lives in Brighton, England.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Up
Welcome To Aberdeen     3
Don't Want To Be Confused     13
Class Of '86     27
Gentle Sound, Half-finished Town     39
Here Comes Sickness     63
Sub Pop Rock City     85
No Intellectual Perspective     110
{dollar}50 And A Case Of Beer     133
Corndogs And Candy     154
Duct Tape And Splinters     171
We Take Baths, Not Showers     185
Monster Of Rock     203
Angels In The Snow     220
The Will Of Instinct     233
Love Is The Drug     251
There
Excess All Areas     271
Beautiful, Beautiful Eyes     297
Territorial Pissings     321
Down
Dirty Linen And Brimming Ashtrays     343
Adult-oriented Grunge     365
Where's The Mud, Honey?     383
Shut Your Bitch Up     397
The Royal Couple     422
Foetuses And Seahorses     439
Eyes Wide Open     470
We Had Joy, We Had Fun     486
Fallen Angels     518
Lovesick     535
Spring Rain     555
The Aftermath     576
Discography     585
Acknowledgements     607
Index     609
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    In bloom lyrics

    Sell the kids for food weather changes moods spring is here again reproductive glands...hes the one who likes all our pretty songs and he likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun but knows not what it means knows not what it means when i say hes the one who likes all our pretty songs and he likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun but he knows not what it means knows not what it means when i say yeah...we can have some more nature is a whore bruses on the fruit tender age "in bloom" (repeat song twice)

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    Plague

    Gender: Girl. T.T Why does everyone ask that?! Anywho.... Status: Married. SUCK IT, NEWBS! Looks: I am very, very, VERY beautiful. ^_^ Ha. I have blonde hair, blue eyes, and I am 5"6'. Yah. I know I'm tall for a twelve year old, BUT GET OVER IT! Age: Wow. Are you really that stupid? -_- Go die in a hole. Friends: Sam, Cobra, Fang, Raechel, Shadow, and Y-O-U! Dislikes: Hairy Flirt. ((aka, Hairy Styles)) Crystal, Newbs, Noobs, Desprates, Llamas, and Y-O-U! KNOW GO HAVE

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    Havoc

    ((Tis finna be reaaaal basic. ^~^)) Name: Havoc Evermore ** Age: Age is a fickle thing. ** Type/Rank: Fallen Angel[Not sure if that's a demon... Oh well.] ** Description: A petite girl standing at about 5'5. Dark blue-black hair to her waistline. She has silvery eyes with a molten turquoise center. A fairly pale complexion. ** Wing Type: Large, about 14ft in wingspan. They are dark ebony, that gets lighter towards the bottom. ** Powers: Basically anything that comes to mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Warlock [Update.]

    ~Name: Warlock. Duh. I have no last name.~<br><br>~Age: I'm immortal.~<br><br>~Species: What is this RP for?~<br><br>~Gender: I am male.~<br><br>~Type of Demon: Warlock. Not from Artemis Fowl, but a different, rare kind of with enhsnced magicsl abilities.~<br><br>~Appearance: I have control over my appearance, so I'm cute. xD<br>•Hair: I have dark blond hair.<br>•Eyes: I have green-blue eyes, with a brown ring around the pupil.<br>•Skin: I have pale skin.~<br><br>~Demon Form: I don't have a demon form since I'm a warlock.~<br><br>~Rank: Demon Warlock of Spirits.~<br><br>~Weapons:<br>•A titanium katana.<br>•A scythe.<br>•A bow and arrow.<br>•A stolen wizard's staff.<br>•Explsioves.~<br><br>~Powers:<br>•Gargoyle's Touch. (I know I'm not from Artemis Fowl, but I still posses that ability.)<br>•Fireballs. I can conjure fireballs.<br>•Fireproof: I'm immune to fire.<br>•Electricity. I can emit and manipulate it.<br>•Deception. I can dissappear from your sight, whether you're mortal or not.<br>•Cryogenics. I can freeze and un-freeze things.<br>•N`dar. A power surge, where I go hyper snd move super-fast.<br>•Phantomism. I have dominion over spirits, and can control them.<br>•Necromancy. I can create spirits.<br>•The Sight. I can do a superior version of astral projection.<br>•Whisper. With the Whisper I can move objects with my mind and set them on fire.<br>•I have my staff, of course, Wathaer, with which I can do numerous spells.~<br><br>~History: It's blurry. I was raised by humans, then abandoned.~~<br><br>~Personality: It fluctuates with my mood.~<br><br>~Wings: I have thirteen feet long dragon wings.~<br><br>~Nocturnal: I'm nocturnal, and rarely come out during the day.~<br><br>~Hobbies: Reading, and using his powers.~<br><br>~Likes:<br>•Summer, one of the rare times when I come out at day.<br>•Darkness.<br>•Sneaking around.<br>•Reading.<br>Shadows.~

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    Posted April 4, 2013

    Haley(Update)

    Name:Haley(not really) Age:When has a Daemon ever aged Gender:Female Human looks:Hazel eyes that are green, brown, and gold. 5ft.5in. tall. Always wearing a Black jacket(Not leather) or Cloak and black jeans and sneakers. Sometimes followed by shadows Blackish-brown hair. Daemonic form:If I told you it would ruin the surprise. Personality:You'll find out sooner or later. Pets:Any dead animal spirit that I find. Warnings:Never make a deal with me, never open the presents I give you and the shadows that follow me are trapped daemons that I have over powered from time to time.

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    Jessica

    Name: well, my actual name will not be revealed, so call e essica. Gender: take a guess. Age: immortal, doesnt matter. Description: tall teenage girl with long, purewhit hair d multicolored eyes. Always wears a black leather jacket with a black tank top underneath and black skinny jeans.

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    Posted April 2, 2013

    Ruins

    I will post mine later. Remember, you are a demon.

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