Charles R. Cross
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Charles R. Cross

Charles R. Cross graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in creative writing. At the UW, he served as editor of the Daily in 1979, and caused a major ruckus when he left the front page of the newspaper blank. The only type was a small line that read "The White Issue," in deference to the Beatles' White Album.

After college, Cross served as editor of The Rocket, the Northwest's music and entertainment magazine, from 1986 through 2000. The Rocket was hailed as "the best regional music magazine in the nation" by the L.A. Reader, and it was the first publication ever to run a story on Nirvana. Cross wrote stories on such seminal Northwest bands as The Wailers, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and hundreds, if not thousands, of lesser-known bands. In addition to The Rocket, Cross's writing has appeared in hundreds of magazines, including Rolling Stone, Esquire, Playboy, Spin, Guitar World, Q, Uncut, and Creem. He has also written for many newspapers and alternative weeklies, including the London Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has lectured and read at universities and colleges around the world, and has frequently been interviewed for film, radio, and television documentaries, including VH1's "Behind the Music."

Cross is the author of seven books, including 2005's Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix (published by Hyperion in the U.S., and Hodder in the U.K.). His 2001 release, Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain (Hyperion/Hodder), was a New York Times bestseller and was called "one of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star" by the Los Angeles Times. In 2002, Heavier Than Heaven won the ASCAP Timothy White Award for outstanding biography. Cross's other books include the national bestseller Cobain Unseen (Little Brown), Backstreets: Springsteen, the Man and His Music (Harmony, 1989); Led Zeppelin: Heaven and Hell (Harmony, 1992); and Nevermind: The Classic Album (Schirmer, 1998).

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    • Heavier than Heaven

    • A Biography of Kurt Cobain
    • By: Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life....

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    • Great story - missing chapter 12

    • By Richard on 02-15-07

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Room Full of Mirrors

    • A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
    • By: Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330
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    For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. This groundbreaking account takes a far deeper look....

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    • Great Book - Interesting and Sad Story

    • By Tim on 02-04-10

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    • Here We Are Now

    • The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain
    • By: Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter?....

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    • An amazing afterword on culture post Cobain

    • By Rebecca F. on 06-11-15

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