Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Charles R. Cross

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 0786884029

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


It has been twenty years since 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 Based on more than four hundred interviews; four years of research; exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos; and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer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. Charles Cross has written a preface for this new edition, in which he recounts some of the events regarding Kurt Cobain and this book in the past two decades since his death.

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economics report seven years previously, because “he doesn’t want to leave them.” Now, through no fault of his own, he had been left. Iris Cobain once described 1976 as “Kurt’s year in purgatory.” It was hard on Kurt physically as well. Mari recalled Kurt in the hospital during this time; she’d heard from her mother he was there as a result of not eating enough. “I remember Kurt being in the hospital because of malnutrition when he was ten,” she said. Kurt told his friends he had to drink barium

relationship with the Fat Man and Bobby wasn’t completely without affection; there was a level of empathy Kurt felt for their seemingly hopeless situation. That year for Christmas, Kurt bought the Fat Man a toaster and a John Denver album at Goodwill. Upon grasping these presents in his giant mitt-hands, the Fat Man asked in disbelief: “These are for me?” He started to cry. The Fat Man spent the next few years telling everyone in Aberdeen what a swell fellow Kurt Cobain was. It was a small

them into an LP. Now Jonathan is our manager, he gets us shows remotely in Oregon and Vancouver. He’s paying for all recording and distribution costs and now we don’t have to have outrageous phone bills. Dave is working out okay. Sometime next year, Sub Pop is going to have a caravan of 2 or 3 Seattle bands go on a tour. Yeah we’ll see. Thru your past experiences do you think it would be wise to demand receipts for recording, pressing costs? Enough about records. Oh except this one night last

dedicated to Leadbelly,” Pickerel recalled. “Both Mark and Kurt brought Leadbelly tapes, and we listened to them on this little boom-box.” Kurt and Krist wanted to call the new band “Lithium,” while Pickerel suggested “The Jury,” the name they ultimately chose. But when the group went into the studio on August 20, with Endino producing, the project misfired. “It was as if both Mark and Kurt had too much respect for each other to tell the other what to do, or even make suggestions for what they

and cursed it, depending on whether it was working to his advantage. Three weeks later, on November 28, the day Nevermind hit sales of one million in the U.S., the band appeared on another highly rated British television show, “Top of the Pops.” The producers had insisted Nirvana play “Teen Spirit,” and the program required performers to sing live vocals over a backing track—just a step up from lip-syncing. Kurt hatched a plan with Novoselic and Grohl to make a mockery of their performance. As

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