Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects

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"Basically, this is the real thing. No rock star contrivance, no intellectual perspective, no master plan for world domination. You're talking about four guys from rural Washington who wanna rock..."—Everett True, Melody Maker, March 18th, 1989

In 1992, Nirvana's breakthrough anthem, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," introduced a new underground sound to the mainstream music world. The record-breaking sales and global recognition that followed should have been a welcomed payoff for the hard-working punk band. Instead, ...

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Overview

"Basically, this is the real thing. No rock star contrivance, no intellectual perspective, no master plan for world domination. You're talking about four guys from rural Washington who wanna rock..."—Everett True, Melody Maker, March 18th, 1989

In 1992, Nirvana's breakthrough anthem, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," introduced a new underground sound to the mainstream music world. The record-breaking sales and global recognition that followed should have been a welcomed payoff for the hard-working punk band. Instead, that bright optimism quickly faded into bitter dissatisfaction, as the trio became conflicted about their unexpected success, and about having an audience that was the epitome of everything they had attempted to rebel against.

Nirvana's sonic catapult from obscurity to international stardom and their chart-topping success changed the face of rock music world-wide. In Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects, the authors have used a wealth of sources, including personal interviews with Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, in order to reconstruct Nirvana's meteoric rise and the subsequent fall of their troubled lead singer. The result is a front row perspective of the musical influences that helped nurture Nirvana's seminal sound, the stories about the creation of their albums, and the ideas that shaped their songs. Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects also contains a comprehensive discography and an A-Z listing of every Nirvana song officially released.

Kurt St. Thomas and Troy Smith were an award-winning programming team at WFNX-FM, Boston (MA), one of the nation's top alternative radio stations in the early 1990's. The pair wrote and produced the definitive Nirvana interview compact disc, Nevermind, It's an Interview, as well as interview CDs for Paul Weller, The Breeders, and Frank Black. St. Thomas lives in New York City, and Smith resides on Cape Cod, MA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312206635
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 397,447
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt St. Thomas, a former radio programmer, is a music industry player, and an award-winning filmmaker who runs his a film production company. He lives in New York City.

Troy Smith works in the radio industry and lives in Cape Cod.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Not a fan...

    I found this book hard to swallow. It was so full of misinformation and speculation that I was disgusted. The author took many situations and statements and only partially represented them...the way the words taken from Kurt's journals were twisted and expanded upon was appalling. This was clearly written by someone heavily under the infulence of Courtney Love. Or else the author is a completely lazy idiot who did not bother to research anything before writing a book. Whichever the case may be, it's an interesting addition to my collection of Nirvana books, but one that I wouldn't reccomend to anyone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    The Real Story

    Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects is a book about the life of the band Nirvana. It starts out with the life of lead singer and lead guitar Kurt Cobain. The book takes you through his childhood growing up in Aberdeen, Washington. Next it shows you how Kurt and Krist Novoselic (bass) met and became friends. Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects goes through the trials of the band was put through. Looking for the drummer that fit there style and Kurt¿s problem with drugs. The book goes all the way through the existence of Nirvana and after Kurt¿s death. It talks about Kurt¿s marriage to Courtney Love and the birth of his child Frances Bean. One thing that I like that sticks out in the book are all the quotes that were gathered and placed in it. It gives almost like it was written by the band. There is plenty of evidence that supports the author¿s words and the quotes the give Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects its credibility. At the beginning of each chapter it has a quote that makes you think. The thing that I disliked about the book is that it didn¿t give to much information about the life of drummer Dave Grohl. It just talked about when he was apart of the band from Nevermind and on. The authors didn¿t give much incite in to his childhood or anything he did pervious to Nirvana.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    Thorough and engrossing. A rich treatment of a powerful band,

    This is the best book about Nirvana I have read, and I've read them all. Kurt knows his stuff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    No Other Author captures Nirvana like Thomas.

    I highly recommend this book. The way he takes your through Nirvana is wonderful. Nirvana is my favorite band. So I respect this book very much! No other book is worthy of being read like this one is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    THe ChOsEn oNeS

    I have been deep into Nirvana for a while,and Kurt...This book gives a detailed backstory on this legendary band. Its definately a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    The Rise and Fall of Nirvana.

    This book tells the climb to the top of Nirvana. It starts of with their early childhood and their teen years and how Kurt, Krist, and Dave came together. At first it was just Kurt, and Krist because they could'nt find a drummer. The very first drummer was Dale Crover, then it was Chad Canning, and finally Dave. They become thebest band by making their Nevermind CD. Their hit song for that album was Smells Like Teen Spirit. As their story progresses Kurt starts doing drugs and end up killing himself in 1994. I rated this book a number five because Nirvana is one of my favorite bands and their music has maved thousands of people including me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    Great Boook

    I have read every book about Nirvana there is out there and have read almost everything about Nirvana but once i read this book i realized i was missing out on a lot i didnt know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    They know their stuff

    I've been a HUGE Nirvana fan for almost 6 years now, and I always thought I knew everything there was to know about Kurt and NIrvana. This book proved me wrong. RIP Kurt, we miss you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    Right From the Horse's Mouth

    Regarding the below criticism of this book's title, Kurt Cobain said himself that they were 'chosen rejects' in a live interview which is featured on the Nirvana-produced documentary 'Live! Tonight! Sold Out!'

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