Based on more than 400 interviews, four years of research, and exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos, Heavier than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to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)
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!!!
I knew he was an addict; I didn't realize how early his pain started. I found myself angry at Kurt through a lot of the book. A lot of his lifetime stomach pain might have been alleviated with a change of diet, and yet he chose instead to medicate through heroin and other drugs.
I think that his stubbornness, his acting out, made me not like him as a person throughout the entire book. I don't think I could have been in a room with him for long.
That doesn't mean the book wasn't good, I just felt very frustrated that he was unable to overcome his problems. He clearly was an exceptional artist and mind.
It was particularly fascinating knowing what was going on behind the scenes during his rise to fame, since I was listening to their music at the time.
It illustrates clearly the idea that you can be on top of the world as a celebrity and be completely miserable. Money, fame, any of that won't solve your problems - it's said often, and yet this book gives you a play by play.
I wouldn't have changed lives with Kurt Cobain for a second.
In addition, I know this was a book about Cobain, but I kept wondering what the other bandmates were going through at this time. Perhaps they refused to talk with the author, but over and over I kept wanting to have a cup of coffee with the bandmates and hear their stories.
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