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Heavier Than Heaven : A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross

Heavier Than Heaven

A Biography of Kurt Cobain


Published: 21st August 2002
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Published on the 10th anniversary of Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind, the first in-depth biography of the troubled genius, including new information from over 400 interviews and exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries.

Although the tragic circumstances of Kurt Cobain's suicide are well known, the facts of his life -- and the influence of his artistry -- remain largely unexamined. Now 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Based on more than 400 interviews, four years of research, exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington,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. Cross reveals the familial turmoil that fueled Cobain's creativity, the generational history that forged his character, and the unusual love story that shaped his relationship with wife Courtney Love. Drawing from medical and police reports, and Cobain's own private writings, Cross also reveals the truth about Cobain's health struggles and his tragic final days.

More than the history of a rock and roll star, Heavier Than Heaven is a portrait of creative genius and the will to turn pain into art.

About the Author

From 1986 to 2000 Charles R. Cross was editor of The Rocket, the Northwest's highly regarded music and entertainment magazine and the first magazine to put Nirvana on its cover. He is the author/coauthor of three other books: Backstreets: Springsteen, the Man and His Music; Led Zeppelin: Heaven and Hell; and Nevermind: The Classic Album. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Esquire, Guitar World, and Spy, among many other publications. He lives in Seattle.



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Excellent review on an amazing life


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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      Comments about Heavier Than Heaven:

      Awesome book and very well written with all the interviews that were needed to get every detail of his life. I would definitely recommend this.

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      ISBN: 9780786884025
      ISBN-10: 0786884029
      For Ages: 18+ years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 400
      Published: 21st August 2002
      Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
      Weight (kg): 0.37