Based on more than 400 interviews, four years of research, and exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos, Heavier than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to his rise to fame, success, and the adulation of a generation.
©2001 Charles R. Cross; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Definitive...Cross untangles the soul of a man." (USA Today)
"Heavier than Heaven sets a high, new standard." (Rolling Stone)
"One of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star." (Los Angeles Times)
I've been addicted to reading since high school. I started with pulp novels, switched to great literature in college and now read everything
I was interested and entertained throughout this entire audio book. The reason for this was mostly the fascinating subject - Cobain and Nirvana - rather than the writing. Many of the author's anecdotes were frustrating. He often describes odd behavior - how could he not when the subject is Cobain and the people around him? - but the author often does not explain or even speculate about why the people behave as they do. I'm referring mainly to small things - not suicide, drug addiction, depression, etc. For example, Cobain tackles and wrestles with Courtney Love in public shortly after they meet. Does he do this playfully, or as a result of his social awkwardness? Or are they both just wasted? The author doesn't say or speculate. There are lots of sloppy flaws like this in the book, which can be distracting and frustrating. If a real biographer (not a rock journalist) wrote a book about Cobain, it would move to the top of my list immediately. For now, "Heaver than Heaven" appears to be the best book available about Cobain and Nirvana.
I loved the authors approach. It seemed even more accurate than an autobiography. I loved,loved,loved it.
I grew up with Nirvana so I was captivated from the beginning to the end.
Listening, vs, reading, helped me to digest this incredible and moving story of a man who would grow up to make the impact that changed the musical taste of my generation. I could actually place myself in the world of the characters. I would have loved to be able to see pictures though.
I can't actually say which book it would be, but after reading several biographies of Jim Morrison, I would have to say that I can see some similarities between the two artists. Not so much their childhoods, but how both of them having these deep insecurities and not realizing the talent that lay within their souls and the effect they had on people. Both artists were game changers but maybe failed to see this.
Of course Kurt Cobain was my favorite character, however, I could really relate to Tracy, I was a girlfriend of a musician, who was a good bit like Kurt, when I was young and I remember how sensitive he was as well as his constant need for my support of his art.
I had an EXTREMELY strong reaction on so many personal levels. My son, due to my youth (pregnant and married my senior year) and inexperience, had some of Kurt's pain. He was a product of a divorce and the having to go from one house to another. I don't have addiction issues, but was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in his teens and is an addict. My son grew up hearing me listening to Nirvana and taught himself to play and sing their songs. I think many artists, such as Kurt, are very sensitive creatures, who need the outlet, that music provides, as a form of therapy. There were MANY parts of this book that brought tears to my eyes and after finishing it, I called my son to say
As soon as I downloaded the Audible app, Heavier than Heaven was the first book I searched for, I was elated that you had it in stock.
Great artist, great book. Couldn't put it down. The haunting thing about reading a bio of a popular artist like Cobain, is the ability to follow chronologically with his music, videos, and YouTube snippets of his life on camera to supplement the story. Highly recommend.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is well researched and clearly presented. It paints a very clear picture of a man who was talented, but flawed, and gives all of the dirty details of his life with as much ferver as the great times and achievements of Kurt Cobain's life. I can only say I am sorry that he did not seek treatment for his depression. Too many people are not able to survive its ugly head.
I loved this book the first time I read it, and wasn't impressed by Lloyd James' reading. He sounds a little out of touch to be reading a book involving punk rock, junkies and the Seattle grunge scene.
I loved this book. I was a avreage fan of kurt and nirvana and was not looking for a book of my hero. If your thinking about getting this book just stop and get it. I could and wanted to listen for hours at a time. This book goes into amazing hounest detail of this mans extremley intresting life. Its a must have for a fan or just some one curious of why he was so famous or popular.
After watching and reading some interviews with Cross - No, this guy doesn't know how to do a good job all the way, strong opinions and inflexibility are present in his work
All the kids will eat it up/ if its packaged properly...
This book has some good stories but then also lots of exaggeration fiction and lies.
The author contradicts the very close friends of Kurt, like band mates, ignores a lot of well known and documented facts which are important and had to be in the book, in fact, is replaced by fiction like "he took one more sip of root beer and then the took the shells from his pocket and loaded the shotgun" like the author knew exactly every detail of what happened in the end.. And in general I think the author doesn't know much about what he's writing but tries hard to make look real .. And watch MTV unplugged and then try to see if the stories in the book about it make sense.. Really?Waiting for a much better biography, and there's no doubt that one will be out.. Only how much Novoselic, Grohl and Grant would say..
This book gives the reader information on Kurt Cobain.
To me the author comes off as a passive aggressive little f--k. That thought lurked in the back of my mind at times during the book.
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