just one more book lover
From a couple of the reviews, I thought Heavier than Heaven would be such a downer I'd have to lock the knife drawer. But it turns out there's more to Kurt Cobain than depression, heroin and a young death.
What made this book click for me from the get go was Cross's depiction of Aberdeen, WA, the lumber mill town that was Cobain's Liverpool and Hibbing. A blue collar backwater he needed to escape, but which haunted his memories.
What also makes this book a good listen is the depiction of the Northwest music scene of the '80s and '90s. It had its own look, influences and sound, which erupted in the early '90s when Grunge was the THING on college campuses.
We get to follow Cobain through his parents' divorce and that episode's lasting effect on his psyche, his misfit youth and his dual passion for drawing and music. Music won out, and with Krist Novaselic he co-founded Nirvana, which like the Beatles decades before had a helluva time finding a drummer. Ringo stuck for the Beatles. Dave Grohl stuck for Nirvana.
Courtney Love comes off much better in this book than she did in the press of the 1990s, when she was likened to Sid Vicious's caterwauling girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The comparison was inevitable. She had the dazed, smeared-makeup look of Spungen--and the howling presence. But Love had wit and heart, but was doomed when her addiction problems met Cobain's addiction problems.
Nirvana's rise to superstardom takes place as suddenly in the book as it probably did in real life. Yeah, dues were paid, but when "Teen Spirit" hit, Cobain's face and quotable quotes and attitude were everywhere.
He also had that stomach issue, which he used as a rationalization for his heroin use. (I had to Google to find out what the issue was. Lots of hits with physicians saying it was this or that, or that anyway it could've been treated with diet and meds today.)
The downward spiral was always twisting in Cobain's life. But fame and other things ramped it up. This part of the story didn't turn me off as much as I thought it would, because there was always something else going on to take off the edge and because the author seems to like Cobain and makes him an interesting, sympathetic figure.
What I wanted more of was more on the music--how it was made, all that--and the band. Novaselic and Grohl are there but they're background players in the bigger story of Cobain's dramatic descent, which ended with his suicide (and yes, there are OTHER theories) in 1994.
It's hard to imagine the desperation felt by Kurt. No matter how much adoration and love the people in his life had for him, not to mention the devotion of his huge fan base, his lack of love for himself ultimately led to his destruction. It's heartbreaking that someone with his uniquely incredible artistic talent never felt worthy of the recognition he so surely deserved.
I have read multiple books covering Nirvana and Kurt this is by far the most detailed. This book gets very deep into the life of Kurt. It really shows how his life was becoming a living hell the last few years of his life, dealing with his band, drugs, touring, and management.
This was so hard to read. The love of my life told me how this story changed his life when we first met. After experiencing the biggest heartbreak of my life from that supposed "love", I decided to sit down and read this biography. Many parts were hard to read, but I picked up many things and parts of Kurt's story that were reflected in my relationship. It wasn't until the end of the story I understood what *he* was talking about. This story touched my heart in a way that I don't understand. Be prepared to cry.
Probably not by Charles Cross. Lloyd James was a decent narrator, but it was not great material.
The mind-numbingly boring minutia of Cobain's life does NOT make for a good read. The best example I can give is when the author details an overly long list of the names of Cobain's favorite foods as a toddler. Really? WHO CARES?
I assume this means what else would I have wanted to know about Kurt Cobain's life? This was a detailed narrative. It was just a little dull.
Excellent book. Excellent narration. Very detailed. Cried at the end. We all miss you, Kurt.
Found it hard to either know, like, or feel sorry for Cobain after reading this but maybe that is the point. The author provides lots of details about Cobain, tracing his life from his early days in Washington to Nirvana and his death. Has lots of interesting tidbits including many that don't paint Cobain in a good light. The author lets the record speak for itself but I was left with a sense if "meh" after reading this.
Say something about yourself!
The performance was really captivating It was really hard to hit the pause button, Addicting as hell and Im not a big fan of the author so I credit that to the performance of Lloyd James great narrator.
It is similar to the 331/3 of the In Utero Album because of the stories behind the songs and in the studio as well as live on stage. Heavier than Heaven is a more in depth version of the 331/3 book of In Utero both great Rock Reads!!
He really brings the characters to life!! At first it was a little akward I thought but then Lloyd really got into the flow and his voice became this neutral character that was telling this story with great conviction.
Yes very addictive only took me three days!
If you are a Nirvana Fan It's an absolute must read!! Even if your not a fan and you like a good biography buy it!! you will find this entertaining especially if you were around during Nirvana's takeover of the world in the early 90's, brings great insight to MTV Performances, albums, and interviews you will find this book addicting!!! Kurt was such a charismatic character Read it Listen to it enjoy it Peace Love and Punk Rock!!!