In this loving remembrance of the troubled Nirvana songwriter and frontman, the band’s former manager explores Cobain’s creative genius and personality. After a brief history of the underground music that inspired Cobain, Goldberg (In Search of the Lost Chord) embarks on an emotionally resonant narrative of Cobain’s meteoric rise to superstardom and his attendant self-questioning depression. This insider perspective details how Nirvana’s explosion onto the scene in 1991 was carefully crafted, first by the tutelage of the band members of Sonic Youth and then by Cobain himself, who Goldberg persuasively argues was astute when it came to image and business (“It often felt to me that Kurt had planned the next several moves for Nirvana with as much rigor as he had rehearsed the music”). As the narrative moves toward Cobain’s 1994 suicide, Goldberg digs deeper into the singer’s contradictions regarding success (“He identified deeply with outcasts... but also embraced the joy of being part of a large audience”) as well as his fluctuating between sweetness and rage (he embodies “the idea that a cool guy could be snarling and powerful and also compassionate and sensitive”). This is a worthy addition to the growing canon of books on Cobain. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/16/2019 Release date: 04/01/2019 Genre: Nonfiction
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