by Kurt Cobain

Paper Book, 2003




New York : Riverhead Books, 2003.


Presents lyrics, drawings, letters, and other writings from Kurt Cobain's journals, revealing his thoughts on Nirvana, fame, fans, and the state of rock music.

User reviews

LibraryThing member craigschonborn
The book showed me how Kurts mind worked, and showed me how an artist sees the world compared to the normal layman.

Obviously there is no story to speak of, just thughts from himself.
LibraryThing member worm
I'm a sucker for diaries. This was no exception, all handwritten too! Funny, distrubing and sad all in one.
LibraryThing member Linus_Linus
Though the book is a capitalistic marketing of an icon I could not resist buying it. I wanted to know if he was the same person I had reckoned him to be through his songs. When I finished the book , I had realised how incredibly daft and supremely beautiful was his passion for music. The book is an excellent journey of affect through passion and how it burns you out if left on its own.… (more)
LibraryThing member AyeshaF
A lot has been said and written about Kurt Cobain and not all of it can be called polite or even true, just people making up stuff, trying to read too much into his words and generally just being arrogant enough to say things as if they knew him.

So this was an opportunity to discover the real person. I have always had admiration for him and reading the pieces put together from his journals has solidified it a million times more. I have nothing but the deepest respect for his opinions. When it comes to knowing about Kurt Cobain it is very essential to not use sources that did not have his backing, so what if people like to keep certain things private, no one would like their lives to be analysed the way it happened with Kurt Cobain or in fact most of the artists who get famous.

Therefore, while a lot has been said, very few of it is worthwhile for someone who really cares about Nirvana's music and the things that it stood for. This of course is the best thing to one can read to actually know parts of Kurt Cobain. Another would be the Michael Azzerad book and the movie 'Kurt Cobain-About a Son' based on it. The film is beautifully made.

I felt rather conflicted because Kurt had always valued his privacy so highly but I'm really glad that I read it because I cannot think of a single reason why someone would not like him after reading it. Better than reading what other self-righteous scum-bags had to say.
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LibraryThing member Lukerik
I notice the editor isn't named. You do get a sense of the author. Whether this is a true image is of course open to debate. I'm not convinced that a man's private and random jottings are a valid basis for judgement, nor even that these things should be made public.

The impression you get is of an uneducated, immature and confused man. He lets vent to such hatred against people for being what he himself is and does, banging on about his white guilt and how he's going to change things from within. He can be funny in a darkly ironic way but there's a truely dark and revisionist side here. You can see him degenerate as his drug use takes hold.

As I say, I don't know that these jottings can really reveal the man, but what we have here has been well arranged to tell a story.
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LibraryThing member engpunk77
Interesting, mildly. His personal journals; I could relate, as a teenager, but now it seems like nonsense (as do my own journals from that age).



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