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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: It Books (18. März 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062308211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062308214
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,9 x 18,1 cm
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Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter?

On April 5, 1994, twenty-seven-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated relationship with fame, his tortured soul—all these elements came together in one terrible moment in Seattle, and the landscapes of music and pop culture were forever changed. Two decades have passed since Cross, a Seattle-based editor and writer and early supporter of Nirvana, lived the horror of that day on the front lines, fielding the phone calls as the media descended upon his city, desperately searching for an exclusive on the death of yet another young rock icon.

While the impact of a person's life is difficult to see fully on the day he dies, the long view provides a wider, and usually more accurate, vista. For the first time ever, Cross, author of the definitive Cobain biography, Heavier Than Heaven, explores how the haunting memory of Cobain—the life he led, the music he played, and the people he touched—lives on in innumerable, and sometimes surprising, ways. Here We Are Now attempts to answer where we—the fans, the music business and fashion industry, the addiction and recovery communities, Kurt's family—are, two decades later.

Cobain's life and work can be seen everywhere, from his indelible marks on music to his more subtle influence on gender and gay rights, the way we view suicide and drug addiction, and the very idea of Seattle as a cultural hub. Nirvana's music has touched multiple generations, and while the world has changed considerably since Nevermind was first released in 1991, the status of that album only grows as years pass. Cobain and Nirvana are now part of a rite of passage through adolescence, and while "teen spirit" may have changed and evolved since the early nineties, the music remains authentic all the same. Simply stated, Kurt Cobain changed the cultural conversation, in his all too brief life, and even after his shattering death. With interviews and commentary from all corners of the pop culture universe, from the people who knew Cobain to those who continue to help his legend grow, Here We Are Now explores what a singular life meant, and how that meaning can be measured, when and if it can be.

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Charles R. Cross has written nine books, including Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain, which was a New York Times bestseller, won the 2002 ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography, and was called "one of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star" by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix and was the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, with Ann and Nancy Wilson. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von junior-soprano TOP 500 REZENSENTVINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 4. April 2014
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Wer „Heavier than Heaven“ (zu Deutsch: Der Himmel über Nirvana) von Charles R. Cross gelesen hat wird vom kleinen Format und der geringen Seitenzahl dieses Buches überrascht, vielleicht auch enttäuscht sein. Letztlich hätte es auch als Zusatzkapitel zu „Heavier“ getaugt, aber dann wäre das Buch ja noch unhandlicher.

Die Grunge Mode für 400 Dollar statt 40 Cent, Jay-Z's Einsatz von Nirvana für einen Smartphone-Hersteller, eine Einschätzung zu weiteren Songs von Kurt („der heilige Grahl“, nennt Cross das, wohl auch etwas ironisch), ein Kommentar zu den Verschwörungstheorien (wer paranoid ist, wird jede Information so zurechtbiegen, dass sie ins schiefe Weltbild passt) und Gedanken über Selbstmord und Drogen – allein schon wegen der beiden letzten Punkte lohnt sich dieses Buch, dieses Büchlein. Kurt trieb nicht mehr Menschen in den Selbstmord – im Gegenteil, er ermutigte Menschen sich Hilfe zu suchen, sich Depressionen zu stellen statt sie mit Drogen zu betäuben.

Zu viel Mode und zu viel HipHop, dafür werden andere Bereiche der Popmusik kaum bis gar nicht behandelt – das sind berechtigte Kritikpunkte an diesem Werk.

Wenn Cross außer Adele seit 1994 keinen ähnlich großen Superstar der Musikszene wie Kurt mehr sieht ist das etwas stark subjektiv. Amy Winehouse und Daft Punk, Eminem und viele andere sollten nicht übersehen werden.

Insgesamt aber eine spannende Lektüre, die zeigt wie stark Kurts Einfluss noch immer ist. Das er dabei oft als ein Symbol für Ehrlichkeit, aber leider auch für Selbstmord gilt, ist zu wenig. Das waren nur zwei Aspekte seines Lebens. Es ist wichtig, immer wieder daran zu erinnern, dass Kurt sehr humorvoll und noch vieles weitere war.

Ein gutes und tröstliches Buch.
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The Cobain Effect. 19. März 2014
Von James Sorensen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Being an older reader I did not know much about Kurt Cobain or Nirvana as a group. Although NOT a biography this book was a very informative look into the life and societal influence of Mr. Cobain.
I think reading this book makes Mr. Cross's other book about Kurt Cobain, a biography titled "Heavier Than Heaven", a must read.

This book looks at how Kurt Cobain and Nirvana has left a lasting mark on society through his music and subsequent suicide. It also shows how foolish and gullible the media can be in looking for a story. This book focuses on the influence of Kurt and his music, how the clothes he wore changed the fashion industry and how society views drug abuse and suicide. The author also looks at the term "Grunge" and how it was erroneously applied to Nirvana's music.

Kurt's death was no doubt a tragedy and loss to the world at large. To lose such a talent at such an early age is sad on many levels, but the loss of such a young man should be an eye opener to all of society. Heroin is such an insidious evil and Kurt's death should be a lesson to us that Drug addiction is no respecter of persons. A very well written book and a fascinating look into the life and influence of someone I was marginally aware of. I knew of Nirvana's anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit" but couldn't have told anyone the name of the song should my life depend on it. Now I have "Nevermind" and "In Utero" loaded on my Ipod. I am a fan at age 58 which must seem strange. But with the talentless state of todays music, Kurt Cobain may just be the last great complete musician we shall see for some time to come.

If you have any interest in Nirvana(or even if you don't)this book is a must read.
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and she would blast "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 20. August 2014
Von Bunny - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I didn't start out a Nirvana fan. My sister was four years older than me, and she would blast "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and I would be annoyed.

To be fair, I still don't much care for that song. It wasn't until "All Apologies" that I covertly started paying attention to what she was listening to. I recall being in a car with her, and her best friend, singing along quietly. Her friend told my sister I was cool, and my sister grumbled.

I was 11 when he died. Which feels really, really young looking back, but it really did affect us. I was in Catholic school, and only a handful of my classmates were fans, but for just a minute, we were bonded with sadness that there would be no more Nirvana. We would never get to see them live.

I'm still unhappy about that one. It's on the list, when I finally meet The Doctor. We're going back.

This book is fantastic. Halfway through, I started texting my best friend (another huge Nirvana fan, but we didn't meet until three or four years after he was gone) facts. I also pointed out that this is a very short book, and she'll have plenty of time to read it between child wrangling before it has to be back to the library.

I love this book not just because I'm a Nirvana fan, but because of what it is. It's how the world was affected by one man, by one band. I live for this stuff. It's the butterfly flapping her wings in a rainforest.

I want more books like this. I want to know how other musicians, other pop culture icons, have affected the way the world is, long after they're gone.

Mind, I'm picky. I don't want to know how Anna Nicole Smith or Britney Spears changed the world. Only important people.

I do wish this book had pictures. I don't know if it's a licensing issue or not. But I spent an inordinate amount of time googling to find the pictures discussed, and I was intensely irritated that I couldn't find Nirvana on SNL in 1992 on Youtube.
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Everlasting Nostalgia 21. Oktober 2014
Von Tower - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was 12 when Kurt Cobain committed suicide. At the time, I wasn't sure how it affected me. But I knew it affected me deeply and still does. This book doesn't contain all the answers to my own struggles, but it is a worthy read for anyone who grew up with Kurt's music.

Charles Cross makes an honest attempt to dissect the impact Cobain has had on all facets of our society. The book is engaging, deep, and heartbreaking without being overly sentimental. This is not an attempt to glorify Cobain, nor is it a cheap ploy to profit off the anniversary of his death. Rather, it is a respectful memorial to a man who changed the world in so many ways.

I flew through this book in two days, clinging to every word. I'm especially happy that Cross didn't try to make himself a focal piece of the story. This is not Cross's story. Nor is it just Kurt's story. This is a story for everyone who's ever listened to Nirvana and been blown away by the power, energy, and brilliance of the music.
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Lame execution 13. Mai 2014
Von Imaginal Component - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This book was timed to be released around the time of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death. I can just see the publisher sitting around their boardroom wondering how they can cash in on poor Kurt. The token "official story" writer, Charles Cross, gets drawn in to write a book that really offers nothing to the Cobain/Nirvana canon. The author, who has compiled and penned worthwhile (though not necessarily tasteful) reads such as Heavier Than Heaven and Cobain UNSEEN, takes the approach of basically recounting several ways in which Cobain's legacy has lived on beyond his death in 1994. Cross spends a fair amount of time reminding us all how Cobain died, and even goes so far as to suggest that Cobain's death led to a reduction in suicides in Washington state overall. He doesn't address myriad "copycat suicides" however. There's just not really much in here unless you're an absolutely rabid Nirvana fan who has to read everything. I consider myself that type of fan, but even this book left me with a forgettable taste in my mouth. I'm sure Cross enjoyed his publishing advance and minimal effort it took to compile this book.
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Excellent 7. Juni 2014
Von Justin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'll keep this review short just for my sake and others who are only checking the reviews before they buy this book. I thought the book was well written, tasteful, and does very well at keeping your attention. I loved this book and thought it was a unique perspective on Kurt's life and untimely death. I applaud Mr. Cross for his contributions to music and for his amazing literary talent.
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