Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

by Christopher Sandford

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Kurt Cobain by Christopher Sandford

Here is the first biography to explore, with shocking detail, the drama that formed this troubled, tragic rock star. Neither an apology nor a condemnation, Kurt Cobain presents a vivid insider's view of the life and death of a man who galvanized a generation and gave birth to the "grunge" revolution with his band Nirvana. Sandford portrays the provocative, small-town rebel with the talent of John Lennon, and then shows him at work on concert stages in Seattle, New York, and London. Readers follow the struggles of Cobain's emotional life—his tumultuous relationships with family and his fellow band members, his drug addiction and sexual appetite, his stormy marriage to Courtney Love, and the birth of his daughter, who, as Cobain wrote in his suicide note, "reminds me too much of who I used to be." During his research, Sandford has had access to Cobain's family, his colleagues, his former friends and lovers, and even author William S. Burroughs, whom Cobain considered to be his "greatest influence." The result is a graphic account of the life that led to the day in April 1994 when Cobain turned a shotgun on himself and became a martyr to disaffected youth around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786713691
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 04/09/2004
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 781,353
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Christopher Sandford turned to writing biographies after careers in public relations, sports journalism and fiction writing. He lives with his family in Seattle and Andorra.

Table of Contents

1Kurt Cobain9
2'Twin Peaks Without the Excitement'18
3Tension and Release65
4Bigger Than the Beatles110
5Into the Black142
8Something in the Way265
9'Thank you. I'm a Rock Star'304
Sources and Chapter Notes389

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Kurt Cobain 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LoganW More than 1 year ago
This biography is not a good viewpoint for any fan, be it for Nirvana, Kurt, or grunge in general. The book was written biased beyond belief, harping on even the smallest details. Yes, Kurt did many less than noble deeds, and treated most with a blunt sarcasm that can easily shock and offend most, but to focus only on this throughout the whole book is beyond unfair. One major flaw that can be pointed out in this biography is Sanford's writing style. Though I doubt he intends it, he comes across as a man that hates the scene that grunge created, and only wishes to exploit his hatred on the community by targeting the so-called "leader", that being Cobain. To draw comparison to this book, one can compare it to a rather biased news source on either side of the political spectrum. They will tell the news, but will have an alternative motif behind it. That would be Sanford's style, only wishing to denounce Cobain. Yes, Cobain didn't exactly follow his own words to a "T", but should he be placed as the next greatest evil along with Hitler? Sanford needed to have actually talked with those eyewitnesses who were with Kurt the most, and bring up a variety of questions, not just the ones that can be utilized to fit his negative portrayal. While the bias is horrible, I cannot give the book a one star for that by itself. In Sanford's defense, the biography was well-written, and though it was towards the wrong cause, the biography was rather moving. I appreciate biographies that don't pull their punches, but I enjoy those biographies when they are saying what happened, not trying to make the reader feel a specific way. I want to be able to draw my own conclusions about Kurt, not have them spoon fed to me, especially if the opinions are nothing but negative and are on the edge of being facts. All in all, two out of five stars.
SumGerl More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Nirvana fan, but I'm NOT one of the Kurt Cobain "Worshiping" fanatics. I have read just about every Nirvana/Kurt Cobain biography out there and I MUST say that this is hands down the WORST one yet!! I found MANY of the "facts" the author wrote to contradict (or differ) from facts that all other biographies agree on. Even simple, well known events and facts seem to have minor errors in the details that tend to show lazy research. His constant, negative personal opinions become annoying from the very first chapter. He writes about the whole music style's (punk, grunge, etc.) following and fans in a way that clearly suggests a stiff necked journalist researching the subject rather than someone who's actually lived it, knows it, or even understands it. I understand that some biographies are from a biased view point and there is an importance for non-biased biographies, but this is NOT ONE OF THEM! I also know Rock stars are humans with flaws and ugly sides just like all of us, and every biography SHOULD point them out, but if you write a book and it's facts clash with other books on the same subject, you should take the time to figure out why, which clearly was not done here. And it also seems strange that some "facts" written about in this book (mostly negative ones), that seem to be MAJOR events and factors in understanding who Kurt really was, appear ONLY in this biography, especially since there are other biographies by authors who worked with Kurt's closest friends and family members where these "facts" don't appear. It seems to me that if some of these key events or factors were true they would have appeared in other biographies, especially ones by authors who worked with Kurt's closest friends and family members. An author also must remember that when doing research on biographies (especially on someone like Kurt Cobain), there are going to be people out there who claim to have been friends with the subject when they were not, or have met/interacted with the subject when they have not, or claim to know things about the subject that are just not true just for the sake of getting their own name or self involved. People Lie, and an author should ALWAYS make sure that each of their resources checks out, or has some sort of proof of their claims, and it seems like that was not done here, and if it was, then it makes no sense why some of the supposed "facts" within this book don't appear in any other biography I've read, ESPECIALLY when they are highly important references to Kurt's character or private life. The author also uses quotes from other author's biographies on Kurt (mostly Azerrad's biography), which doesn't seem professional, it actually appears to reflect on lazy research. The author's constant struggle at proclaiming Kurt didn't practice what he preached when it came to things like his punk rock ethics, ideals, and feminism grows tiring very early in the book as well. It's very, VERY HARD for ANYBODY to live 100 percent up to their beliefs, ethics, etc, ESPECIALLY when your somebody as big as Kurt Cobain was. OVERLY-NEGATIVE BIASED BOOK WRITTEN IN A HORRIBLY HAPHAZARD FORM!!!! I'll never understand why someone would take the time or energy to write a biography on someone they are that negatively biased towards, unless they are just looking to cash in on a way to make a quick easy buck, in which case just toss the name Kurt Cobain on the front and the money will roll
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this book was well written, I felt the author was extremely biased in his presentation. The majority of readers (I assume) would be fans and it's obvious the writer finds Cobain to be contemptible. I've read MUCH better biographies on Kurt Cobain with more legitimate sources noted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good. But I didn't like the one sided view the author had on Kurt and his lifestyle. It sounded like the author was criticizing him. Kurt was not perfect, he had his flaws. And I did like to read about them because it showed he was human. But the author didn't need to interject his own personal opinions and thoughts. I wanted to hear about Kurt Cobain, not the opinion of the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this was a pretty good book. It had a lot of information on Kurt's life. But I didn't like how the author portrayed him and flaunted Kurt's faults. He was awfully one sided on Kurt. Yeah, Kurt did have a lot of faults. But the author only seemed interested in writing about those faults instead of writing about the good aspects of him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book. Cobain was a great person and i wanted to be just like him, or so i thought before i read this book, and realized that he was a druggie. but still i respect him immensely, and still want to be like him in musical terms. Great Book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that pulls no punches. Mr. Sandford removes the pop star aura from Kurt Cobain, and shows him with his genius and acidic pettiness. Christopher explores more than other rock biographers, the flaws that make these people human. If you can only think of Cobain as a spokesman for a generation, this book is not for you, but if you want to know how Kurt Cobain could have such a dramatic rise and fall to his pathetic suicide, you can not find a better read. Great book.