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Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain | [Charles R. Cross]

Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.
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Publisher's Summary

When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

Based on more than 400 interviews, four years of research, and exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos, Heavier than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Richard Covington, WA, USA 02-15-07
    Richard Covington, WA, USA 02-15-07
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    "Great story - missing chapter 12"

    This is an amazing story of an improbable truth. A down and out loser from a small town announces as a youth that he will grow up to be a rock star and kill himself - and he actually succeeds against all probability.

    The story is marred however by the fact that the recording is missing chapter 12. This is clearly an error on audibles part. I've tried to contact them on the issue. I hope they fix it.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mitzi lewisburg, TN, USA 05-05-09
    Mitzi lewisburg, TN, USA 05-05-09
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    "Kurt the Person"

    Not having been a fan of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana
    for that matter, my appeal to this biography was to answer my question. What drives us as human beings to the place of suicide?
    With that said, I came out of this story with the depths of my soul being forever touched by a man I only read about. Such a human side to this very misguided genuis.
    The book is filled with more foul language than I normally will give place to, but I wasn't reading Mary Poppins. Oh, you may need a barf bag @ times due to the graphic story line.
    However, it never takes away from Kurt. The human, tender side that is there. You just have to look for it, you have to want to see it. But he is there.
    Just like all little boys he needed nourturing, protection, he needed to know he was o.k.
    Kurt, love ya man. You the person, not all the rock n roll drama. But you were a shining star even without a guitar.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Galena, IL, USA 11-13-09
    Melissa Galena, IL, USA 11-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Couldnt stop listening"

    You already know how this ends but how he got there is a story worth listening to. A manic depressive addict who goes untreated for most of his life. You can feel his pain and those around him. The extreme depth of his pain physical and emotional is felt through the telling of this story. Loved every minute of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN H. RUSSELL III 01-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "SPLENDID"

    This is one of the first audios I really enjoyed next to the Miles Davis Story. Lots of detail. A great look at how all of us do struggle in one way or another. Cobain such a talent.
    Such a short life. Looking for more like these.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 09-02-13
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2009

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "I lived through it, too"

    I have been interested in reading this book for a long time since I live in Seattle, my company did work on Cobain's Lake Washington home, I saw Nirvana in concert and I attended the candlelight memorial at Seattle Center when Courtney Love read Curt's suicide note.

    I did not like the narration of the book because I was confused nearly every time the pronounced "Curt", but to me whenever the narrator said "Curt" it sounded like "curb", 'curd", "quirt" or any endless varieties of that name. It was very distracting. I think the author should have referred to him by 'Cobain" more than once in a while.

    Also, unless I fell asleep, my favorite Curt Cobain story was not in the book: the one where a crowd of people at a concert are screaming for "Teen Spirit" and Cobain famously says "If you wanna hear that song, ask Tori Amos. It's her song now". I am a huge fan of the Amos cover and was blown away that wasn't mentioned.

    For what a bright, shining anti-star he was, with his various demons: the drug addiction, the bad "love" between Curt and Courtney and his never-ceasing stomach disorders, I think the author kind of skimmed the surface. I waited so long to read it, for I still grieve for him...not so much his death, but for how much he suffered while he was alive. Cobain was brilliant and he's been gone for nearly 20 years, and it still makes me sad. Also, none of the conspiracy theories surrounding his death are mentioned, and although I do believe it is a straight forward case of suicide....a lot of people do not, and that should have been at least touched upon in the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer W. Weyler Central Massachusetts 08-04-14
    Jennifer W. Weyler Central Massachusetts 08-04-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Meh"
    Would you try another book from Charles R. Cross and/or Lloyd James?

    Probably not by Charles Cross. Lloyd James was a decent narrator, but it was not great material.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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?


    What else would you have wanted to know about Charles R. Cross’s life?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 12-27-13
    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I cried like a baby . . ."
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    Excellent book. Excellent narration. Very detailed. Cried at the end. We all miss you, Kurt.

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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Will appeal to Nirvana fans"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Milwaukee, WI, United States 05-07-13
    Rick Milwaukee, WI, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    Where does Heavier than Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Heavier than Heaven to and why?

    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!!


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes very addictive only took me three days!


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 01-27-13
    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Mixed feelings"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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