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

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It has been twenty years since Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994; it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. 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 Based on more than four hundred interviews; four years of research; exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos; and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer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. Charles Cross has written a preface for this new edition, in which he recounts some of the events regarding Kurt Cobain and this book in the past two decades since his death.
 

About Charles R. Cross

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Charles R. Cross is the author of seven books, including Heavier Than Heaven, a New York Times bestselling biography of Kurt Cobain; Room Full of Mirrors, a bestselling biography of Jimi Hendrix; and two books on Led Zeppelin. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Hyperion. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Music journalist Cross (Nevermind, not reviewed, etc.) treats the short, strange, unhappy life of musician Kurt Cobain with intelligence and an insider's perceptiveness.

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The Guardian

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Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography Of Kurt Cobain Charles R Cross Hodder £17.99 When I went to work at the New Musical Express as a sweet young thing of 17, I was both amazed and appalled to discover that not everyone had - how shall we put it - seen as few summers as I.

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Heavier than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain Charles R Cross The six albums recorded by Kurt Cobain with Nirvana mark the smallest yet most holy of musical legacies.

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One of the most enduring myths of Kurt Cobain's life depicts the singer as a high-school dropout, kicked out of his home, sleeping under a bridge...

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Entertainment Weekly

Blame Kurt Cobain for 'N Sync and Britney Spears.

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Zimbio

Cross said Kurt learned early on that punk rock, which was billed as a liberating genre of music, came with its own social guidelines which were often more constricting than the ideals they were supposedly rebelling against.

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Austin Chronicle

While tearfully reading Kurt Cobain's suicide note on a tape played to mourning fans gathered at Seattle Center on April 10, 1994, Courtney Love exhorted the crowd to curse him as an "asshole" before saying they love him.

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The writing is not exceptional (I found the back story of Nirvana and indie rock—a euphemism for amateur—ho hum), but the book’s accolades are well-deserved, because Cobain himself was enthralling.

Apr 23 2009 | Read Full Review of Heavier Than Heaven: A Biogra...

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