Death and art have always made an unholy partnership, and rock artists in particular have succumbed in disparate numbers to the pitfalls of their fame. From Elvis Presley to Kurt Cobain, Better to Burn Out examines both the life and death of the fallen -- and the impact of death on their musical work. The loss of any artist, no matter the field, unleashes emotions wich often eclipse the art, causing the victim's work to be viewed through a new looking glass. Thompson examines this phenomenon, which in many cases causes a late musician's body of work to be raised to implausible heights.
There's been no shortage ofmorbid books dryly documenting rock 'n' roll's most famous fatalities. Better to Burn Out is different because it focuses on the work of these music legends, maintaining that their musical legacy -- and not their death -- is what captured the public's attention. Personal anecdotes and reminiscences from the stars themselves as well as the friends and musicians they left behind bring their stories to life.
Drawn from numerous interviews, these illuminating stories do more than document the life and death of rock legends -- they also look at the lessons learned from their tragic ends. With 20 chapters detailing often heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious stories that keep these musicians' memories alive, Better to Burn Out is a stirring tribute.