Instead of sticking to the "grunge pop" formula that made Nevermind so palatable to the mainstream, with In Utero Nirvana chose instead to challenge their audience, producing an album that truly matched Kurt Cobain's vision of what he had always wanted the band to sound like. There's no sensationalism in this book - just the in-depth story of a great band, in the eye of a storm, striving to recapture their punk-rock ethic.
"Listen between the tracks"
Did it take probably suicide to make Nick Drake compelling to a mass market? Are Drake's songs ultimately peripheral to his mythology? Did Island fumble the marketing of his first three records so completely that Drake never got a fair shot at the marketplace? "I think the failure of his music to be successful in his lifetime was Nick's tragedy and the source of his unhappiness," Joe Boyd tells me, when asked about the irony of Drake's considerable posthumous success.
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