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am 8. Juni 1999
This book is a must for Nirvana fans who are interested in reading a brutally truthfull account of Kurt Cobain, the man, and the tragic, brilliant life. While most books cover only the superficial aspects of Nirvana and Cobain,(Come As You Are) feeding you a selective, sugar coated, image, I was thrilled that the book included Cobains frailties, contradictions, and defects, as well as his briliance, and benevolece, making Cobain more human and accesible. Christopher Sandford provides the unflattering details that other books would rather ignore, such as Kurt's attempeted rape a woman, his bi-sexuality and sexual deviancies, his deliberate efforts at mainstream succes, his pulic support of feminism and punk while privately having alliegiance only to himself, his rampant drug abuse, and rock star vanities. The book provides a complete account of Kurt Cobains life, from before his birth, his childhood, all the way through his death. The book searches for deeper meaning beyong the superficial surface, like documenting that Kurts drug depedance began in childhood. This book may displease alot of Nirvana fans because it may clash with thier nice and sensitive guy image of kurt feuld by the media, which is only one side of this comlex man. Others may feel that it is too negative, but I feel the Sandford simply reports what other self-cecored, sycophantic books have failed to report and gives a more balaced, unbiased account of one of my heroes, and my favorite musician. This is by far my favorite Kurt Cobain book, and after reading it I felt I understood Kurt better than ever.
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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.
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am 5. Februar 2000
I was hoping this would be a definitive biography on the late rock icon, since one has not been written since his death. I was amazed at how much of the book relied on 'sources' & 'witnesses' to fill in crucial moments in Cobain's life. Although the author claims certain parties did not want to reveal their true identities, it comes off more a work of fiction & lies. The author also compared Cobain to another rock icon, Jimi Hendrix, to the point where the book came off being a partial biography of him as well. I don't have the space to fill all the wrongs in this book, but over half of his behind the scenes details of Kurt's life are totally off. A lot of it is just plain putrid, slanderous nonsense. Kurt Cobain meant a lot of things to a lot of people, & I am still awaiting the day that an honest, dignified account of his life is written. I am not saying he was a saint or without fault, its just that something needs to be written that does justice to the guy.
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am 19. Juli 1998
Get Real! I started to read this book immediately after reading Come As You Are (which was absolutely amazing!) but had to put this down before I tore it up in disgust. It's information was from the very magazines and articles that frusterated Kurt with all their lies. Seems like the author did no investigating on his own what-so-ever. In fact he didn't even talk to the people that really knew Kurt in those days. No Chris, Dave, Courtney, producers, friends, etc. And the so called Quotes we're very questionable. He wouldn't say who they were from. I flipped through the pages and found one discrepancy after another. Christopher wrote like an enemy of Kurt's so if you want the truth, get a book like Come As You Are!
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am 3. Dezember 1997
I read this book, and I have to say that not only are the sources completely unreliable, but the so-call accounts that have taken place also took place in such magazines, oh, should we say, National Enquirer for one. This is a sad and false representation of a great musician and band,and i'm not only saying this because i'm a fan. Christopher Sandford, a lowly London jornalist, acquired information that had the same value as talking about the 600 pound baby you see by the cash registers in supermarkets. This book was a total waste of my time, and I'm sure many others, and it left me with a questioning and disgusted feeling towards the author, and not towards the intended target, Kurt Cobain.
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am 9. Juni 1998
If you want to know anything real about Kurt please go and buy a different book. The only thing this book does is trash a truly great man and his life and work. Christopher takes great time to make Cobain look like a terrible person who had no talent to his name. Half of the things he writes are to make Kurt look like a spoiled brat. If you're a Nirvana fan then you will know better than that........If you're out to get your hands on anything that is about Nirvana then go ahead and get the book, just don't read it, only look at the pictures (which it does have some good ones).....If you want a good book read Come As You Are
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am 20. Juli 1998
this book is a waste of time and money, and makes kurt out to be a terrible person instead of the talented musician, compassionate person, loving father, and "average guy" that he really was. it should tell more about his death and/or mention the possibility that he was murdered. the writer obviously wrote for money, and his so-called "sources" are undependable. DO NOT get this book unless you are prepared for a major kurt thrashing, or you want to tear out the pictures(which i did).try one of the other, more accurate books.
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am 9. Dezember 1999
I enjoyed this book, but as many fellow reviewers have said, Sandford may have crossed the line a few times in the book. It is very honest, and it shows Cobain's personal and early life as traumatic, but there is really no need at all for Sandford to say that only in America could a 25-year old millionaire feel underappreciated. Kurt had millions of dollars, yes, but he had billions of fans. Kurt was tired of being a phony. He was tired of pretending. As he said in "Teen Spirit": "It's more fun to lose than to pretend"
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am 26. Juni 2000
I suppose I could be one of the people who wants more sugar coating, but I didn't go into it expecting Cobain to be a saint, or even someone I'd enjoy hanging out with, even though I love the albums. The relentless negative stories with too little sunshine in between just feels like an author with an agenda, rather that being indicative of "good honest journalism". I dreaded going back each time to make myself finish it.
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am 16. September 1998
Sure, KURT COBAIN is a rougher take on Kurt's life than other fluffy pieces, but I found this the best book at getting into Kurt's history and for that alone it is good. The man had far more dimensions to him than just music, though that was the way he dealt with the world. It contains character flaws and facts that can't be found elsewhere, so don't read it unless you're willing to delve into Kurt's heart of darkness.
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