Based on more than 400 interviews, four years of research, and exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos, Heavier than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to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)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I like Franz Kafka Jack Kerouac William S Burroughs David Foster Wallace I also write experimental Fiction
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.
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..
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.
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