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Kurt Cobain - Heavier than Heaven I quite like having a wonder around HMV and I often leave the shop clutching great finds (such as the turtles film from my childhood on DVD or the latest dance CD's for my brother's birthday). On my latest trip into HMV I ended up buying a few goodies towards ... Read review
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The art of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was all about his private life, but written in a code as ... more

obscure as TS Eliot's. In Heavier than Heaven
Charles Cross has cracked the code, and this
definitive biography is an all-access pass to
Cobain's heart and mind. It reveals many secrets,
thanks to 400-plus interviews, and even quotes
Cobain's diaries and suicide notes revealing an
unreleased Nirvana masterpiece. At last we know
how he created, how lies helped him die, how his
family and love life entwined with his art--plus,
what the heck "Smells Like Teen Spirit" really
means. (It was graffiti by Bikini Kill's Kathleen
Hanna after a double date with Dave Grohl, Cobain,
and the "over-bored and self-assured" Tobi Vail,
who wore Teen Spirit perfume; Hanna wrote it to
taunt the emotionally clingy Cobain for wearing
Vail's scent after sex--a violation of the
no-strings-attached dating ethos of the Olympia,
Washington, "outcast teen" underground. Cobain 's
stomach-churning passion for Vail erupted in six
or so hit tunes like "Aneurysm" and "Drain You".)
Cross uncovers plenty of news, mostly grim and
gripping. As a teenager, Cobain said he had
"suicide genes" and his clan was peculiarly
defiant: one of his suicidal relatives stabbed his
own belly in front of his family, then ripped
apart the wound in the hospital. Cobain was
contradictory: a sweet, popular teenage athlete
and sinister berserker, a kid who rescued injured
pigeons and laughingly killed a cat, a talented
yet astoundingly morbid visual artist. He grew up
to be a millionaire who slept in cars (and stole
one), a fiercely loyal man who ruthlessly screwed
his oldest, best friends. Cross, the co-author of
Nervmind: Nirvana, the definitive book about the
making of the classic album, puts numerous
Cobain-generated myths to rest. (Cobain never
lived under a bridge--that Aberdeen bridge
immortalised in the 12th song on Nevermind was a
tidal slough, so nobody could sleep under it). He
gives the fullest account yet of what it was like
to be, or love, Kurt Cobain. Heavier than Heaven
outshines the also indispensable Come As You Are.
It's the deepest book about pop's darkest falling
star. --Tim Appelo

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Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross

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Heavier Than Heaven Published on the 10th anniversary of Nirvana's album "Nevermind", this ... more

in-depth biography includes new information from
over 400 interviews and exclusive access to
Cobain's unpublished diaries. More than the
history of a rock and roll star, it's a portrait
of the will to turn pain into art. Photos. Full
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Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain (Scepte 21's) - Charles R. Cross

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Heavier Than Heaven The definitive biography of Kurt Cobain. Full description

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Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross

The art of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was all about his private life, but written in a code as ... more

obscure as TS Eliot's. In Heavier than Heaven
Charles Cross has cracked the code, and this
definitive biography is an all-access pass to
Cobain's heart and mind. It reveals many secrets,
thanks to 400-plus interviews, and even quotes
Cobain's diaries and suicide notes revealing an
unreleased Nirvana masterpiece. At last we know
how he created, how lies helped him die, how his
family and love life entwined with his art--plus,
what the heck "Smells Like Teen Spirit" really
means. (It was graffiti by Bikini Kill's Kathleen
Hanna after a double date with Dave Grohl, Cobain,
and the "over-bored and self-assured" Tobi Vail,
who wore Teen Spirit perfume; Hanna wrote it to
taunt the emotionally clingy Cobain for wearing
Vail's scent after sex--a violation of the
no-strings-attached dating ethos of the Olympia,
Washington, "outcast teen" underground. Cobain 's
stomach-churning passion for Vail erupted in six
or so hit tunes like "Aneurysm" and "Drain You".)
Cross uncovers plenty of news, mostly grim and
gripping. As a teenager, Cobain said he had
"suicide genes" and his clan was peculiarly
defiant: one of his suicidal relatives stabbed his
own belly in front of his family, then ripped
apart the wound in the hospital. Cobain was
contradictory: a sweet, popular teenage athlete
and sinister berserker, a kid who rescued injured
pigeons and laughingly killed a cat, a talented
yet astoundingly morbid visual artist. He grew up
to be a millionaire who slept in cars (and stole
one), a fiercely loyal man who ruthlessly screwed
his oldest, best friends. Cross, the co-author of
Nervmind: Nirvana, the definitive book about the
making of the classic album, puts numerous
Cobain-generated myths to rest. (Cobain never
lived under a bridge--that Aberdeen bridge
immortalised in the 12th song on Nevermind was a
tidal slough, so nobody could sleep under it). He
gives the fullest account yet of what it was like
to be, or love, Kurt Cobain. Heavier than Heaven
outshines the also indispensable Come As You Are.
It's the deepest book about pop's darkest falling
star. --Tim Appelo

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Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain (Scepte 21's) by Cross, Charles R. New edition (2002) - Charles R. Cross

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Pages: 381, Edition: New, Paperback, Sceptre

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Kurt Cobain - Heavier than Heaven

Advantagesinteresting, well researched, enjoyable to read

Disadvantagesnone

"==Kurt Cobain - Heavier than Heaven== I quite like having a wonder around HMV and I often leave the shop clutching great finds (such as the turtles film from my childhood on DVD or the latest dance CD's for my brother's birthday). On my latest trip into HMV I ended up buying a few goodies towards Christmas presents and this book for me. I'd not long finished reading a series of books and so I was on the look out for some new reading matter, I couldn't ..." Read review
02.11.2011

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 5Protagonist

Protagonist

Heavy handed psycho-drama

AdvantagesInformative, detailed in most respects, a good read

DisadvantagesAuthor's psychoanalytical agenda gets in the way of the facts

"Kurt Cobain has been one of the most written about musicians in contemporary culture. A huge following and unrelenting fascination - compounded by his tragic suicide in 1994 - has made Cobain a universal icon. ‘Heavier Than Heaven’ written by author and music magazine editor Charles R. Cross, was published in 2001, after a period of great hype and speculation. The biography covers Cobain’s life from childhood to his death, and ..." Read review
20.08.2003

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Close to Biography Nirvana

AdvantagesIncredibly well researched

DisadvantagesA lack of pictures

"I'll get the controversial bit out of the way right from the start: I never rated Nirvana. In fact, I count them as one of the most over-rated music acts in recent memory, if not ever. If it wasn't for all the controversy and the untimely suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain, I don't think they would still be remembered now. Perhaps the endurance of their music is proof of the old adage that it's better to burn out than to fade away. Whatever I may ..." Read review
08.10.2009

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Community Level 4Helen87

Helen87

Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, drugs...

AdvantagesGripping, informative, brilliant!

DisadvantagesDepressing, unsuitable for bedtime reading to small children

"Heavier than Heaven tells, in remarkable and graphic detail, the story of the short life of 90’s rock legend Kurt Cobain. It contains everything you ever wanted to know about Cobain, giving you a unique insight into his life. This is no fairytale. God knows there is no happy ending. But it really is an enthralling story. After reading the first few years of Kurt's life, I was gripped, I really couldn't put it down. It is dark and gruesome in places, ..." Read review
05.08.2003

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Community Level 4MorganFore...

MorganForever

A definite MUST read

AdvantagesInformative and riveting

DisadvantagesCan be depressing at times and often very graphic

"People might think I'm a little young to be a Nirvana fan (being born in '86) but having a dad who's a bit of a hippy and thinks he's 10 years younger than he is (in the nicest way of course! He's young at heart and I love him!), I grew up listening to Nirvana and other great music and his taste is still good now in his middle age! So, I loved Nirvana since I was toddler and then about a year and a half ago, I got really into them... Since then, my ..." Read review
27.11.2001

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Alongside the death of Elvis Presley and the assassination of John Lennon Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994 ranks as one of the generational milestones of American life - an epochal event in both rock 'n' roll and youth culture. This book is the story of Kurt Cobain's life from abject poverty to unbelievable wealth power and fame. It traces the journey from his humble origins in Aberdeen to becoming lead singer of Nirvana the most popular rock band in the world from 1991 to 1994 and the most influential band of this decade. The beautifully written text is complimented by 16 pages of photographs. Based on over one hundred interviews Charley Cross allows us to understand Kurt Cobain's personality. This is an incredible tale of a strange tortured and very talented man.

Product details

EAN 9780340739396, 9780340739372
Type Non-Fiction
Genre Biography
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Title Heavier Than Heaven, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography Of Kurt Cobain
Author Charles Cross
ISBN 0340739398, 340739371

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