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Unbalanced portrayal of artist, based on tabloid facts
am 23. Februar 1999
I found this book unnecessarily dark and melodramatic in tone. What disturbs me is the author's simplistic, unsympathetic perspective on Cobain. To me, his perspective was too narrow and sensational to be a realistic portrait or convincing analysis. To his credit, the author seems to have spent a lot of time presenting evidence to try to support his dark portrait, but the credibility of the evidence also seems questionable, as other reviewers have expressed. The author does not seem to be so concerned with arriving at the reality of Cobain, so much as psycho-analyzing a narrow slice of his life, namely: his drug abuse, his tough childhood, and his suicide. From the very beginning of the book to its end these three miserable, depressing themes come up time and again, without sufficient consideration of the brighter side to his life... it feels as though he is doomed to his tragic fate from the very first page of the book, and each page of the book is just a step closer to his preordained demise... you can't help but feel depressed by this fatalistic presentation. But when one listens to the music of Cobain, one feels the picture is more complicated, more compelling, more beautiful, inspired and more touching. As Courtney Love, his wife, is quoted as saying in one section of the book, they (as a couple) were not just about drugs, they were also real, ordinary people. As we well know, the media likes to sensationalize their portrayals of people's lives to sell their newspapers and books, but in so doing they generate a lot of hurtful, misleading and damaging information, which the famous and their families have to deal with. One comes away from this book with an image of a violent, ugly, victim. What about the other important sides to Cobain that are not represented here? This book and the music of Kurt Cobain paint two different pictures, and I know which one I am more convinced by: his music shows us his essence, his soul, and his message.