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Nirvana: The Biography fucking everett true don t waste your time on this shit everett is wayentranced by his own imagined celebrity than anything else this book was outrageously long over 500 pages, it was published on that irritatingly thick paper that weighs like three times than normal paper, so the books weighed like ten pounds ten fucking pounds of everett true bragging about being friends with kurt cobain no one gives a fuck, dude read this is you are an obsessive nirvana fan, maybe, or if yo fucking everett true don t waste your time on this shit everett is wayentranced by his own imagined celebrity than anything else this book was outrageously long over 500 pages, it was published on that irritatingly thick paper that weighs like three times than normal paper, so the books weighed like ten pounds ten fucking pounds of everett true bragging about being friends with kurt cobain no one gives a fuck, dude read this is you are an obsessive nirvana fan, maybe, or if you are writing your thesis on smug english music critics, but skip it otherwise My own interest in grunge music has been delayed I was probably a little too young for Nirvana to truly appreciate them back in the day I was 9 years old when Nevermind was released I remember seeing a big kid wearing a t shirt with the Nevermind album cover, and thinking that it was just mean And then there s the fact that I come from the opposite side of the train tracks from Kurt Cobain My parents were extremely stable, educated people Democrats, for sure, and surely concer My own interest in grunge music has been delayed I was probably a little too young for Nirvana to truly appreciate them back in the day I was 9 years old when Nevermind was released I remember seeing a big kid wearing a t shirt with the Nevermind album cover, and thinking that it was just mean And then there s the fact that I come from the opposite side of the train tracks from Kurt Cobain My parents were extremely stable, educated people Democrats, for sure, and surely concerned for the plight of the poor and vulnerable in society But I never had to deal with the desperation that was part of the lifestyle that Nirvana s music screamed bloody murder against I was never spoiled which I define as getting whatever you want whenever you want I ve never understand how children can just point at a toy in a store and their parents will automatically buy it for them If I ever did that, it would have entirely tanked my chances ever getting it Instead I had to wait for Christmas or my birthday for a single 5 action figure , but I was never in want for food or clean clothing or shelter It s like what Jack Black says in School of Rock rock music is about whatever pisses you off And at the age of 9, 10, 11, 12, there really wasn t anything that did piss me off because I was damned lucky to have the kind of responsible parents that every kid deserves About the only thing that pissed me off were my asshole peers I had in middle school What did they listen to Nirvana Everybody listened to Nirvana I remember being asked several times who my favorite musicians were when I was in the sixth grade My answer was always Rogers and Hammerstein Stupid response, I know and I ve long outgrown it , but it was my own hair brained way of separating myself, or saying Fuck you , to all the jerks I had to share class with I don t know whose side Kurt Cobain would take if he had known what was going on I doubt he had any patience for Rogers and Hammerstein s work, but he himself was an outsider as a teenager.Then, years later as a college student in Tacoma, I began to listen to 107.7 The End, and I discovered that I actually loved Nirvana s music Because of that, and my general interest in the Pacific Northwest, I decided to read this book, but it took me a while to get around to it It s not exactly a Cascadian book, but Nirvana and the grunge scene of the late 80s and 90s are extremely important to the Pacific Northwest, so I decided to review it as a Cascadian book anyway.The Northwest has always been a bit of an island away from the rest of North America We have a sizeable population and plenty of development out here, yet we re a thousand mile drive from San Francisco, Denver, or Minneapolis The nearest big city outside our region is probably Calgary, itself an isolated locale And the difference between the Northwest and California, in terms of settlement from colonial powers, is that while emigrants to California werelikely to be seeking huge fortune the 49 gold rush, the entertainment industry in Hollywood, etc , emigrants to the Northwest werelikely to be seeking a good life away from the rat races of the East Coast Sooner or later, something interesting was going to happen artistically in this forgotten corner of the continent.Enter the grunge music scene of Washington state in the eighties Everett True was among the British punk music journalists who paid attention to what was happening out here, and came to know Kurt Cobain personally before Nirvana was ever known to the rest of the United States Then, in 1991, Nirvana hit the big time The rest of the world unexpectedly descended on the Northwest, discovering a few of the other local punk and metal bands Pearl Jam , singling out their regional idiosyncrasies flannel shirts , and converting them into commercially viable products Their very own success bewildered Nirvana, deeply confusing and disturbing Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide after completing only two major albums Bleach is awesome, but it was still just a local release.Everett True doesn t go into this much detail describing the Northwest, but what he does describe he mostly gets right aside from the fact that he confuses the Kingdome with the Tacoma Dome In all honesty, I couldn t imagine a better person to write a biography about Nirvana He knew the members personally, covered them for several years while they were just a small time band playing gigs with only ten people in the audience While he counted Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love as friends, he still had his professional duties as a journalist, and could be critical when necessary I imagine that much of the reason for the vitriol and low ratings for this book is because it breaks with the conventional wisdom that music fans have regarding Nirvana It would be a lie to suggest that Courtney Love wasn t a problem But the mythology that has risen up around the band paints Love as a complete villain and Kurt Cobain as a complete martyr Everett True does athan competent job describing the intricacies and gray areas of the situation with reason and thoughtfulness, which for some who are seeking outright condemnation of Love and hero worship of Cobain won t appreciate People and relationships can be complicated, folks Bitch that she may be, Love is also a legitimate artist Brilliant as he could be, Cobain was still a junkie There are probably lots of people out there who don t want to accept that, but it s true.As others have noted, it s a huge book 500 pages with small font printing It took me two months to slog through it, but I enjoyed it the whole way Part of the reason why it took me so long was because I would often stop to listen to music and watch the old music videos on YouTube Everett True s book is well written, rational, emotional, compelling, informative It stoked my interest in several other grunge bands that I hadn t heard of before, namely Mudhoney and Tad, and I d love to take on another book in the future that covers the Seattle and Olympia scenes outside of Nirvana indepth.Five stars Initially wanted to give it four because of the Kingdome Tacoma Dome fuckup, but I had to admit that the volume was too enjoyable to do to that All right, i m a huge fan of Nirvana, and I do enjoy picking up books that have to do with music The downside is they usually fail me, unless they are written properly.This book is MASSIVE, in my opinion, a Nirvana book does not have to be 500 pages They had a short lived career Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic went on to prusue other careers in music, and Kurt Cobain died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head I mean, we don t need another biography on Nirvana 1989 1994, FIVE YEARS All right, i m a huge fan of Nirvana, and I do enjoy picking up books that have to do with music The downside is they usually fail me, unless they are written properly.This book is MASSIVE, in my opinion, a Nirvana book does not have to be 500 pages They had a short lived career Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic went on to prusue other careers in music, and Kurt Cobain died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head I mean, we don t need another biography on Nirvana 1989 1994, FIVE YEARS Huge band, died at their peak Oh well Just don t waste your time with this book Seriously was this book about Nirvana, Kurt Cobain or Courtney Love I found myself questioning that through the whole book, while the author seemed very knowledgeable about Nirvana he barley mentioned the members Krist and Dave he seemed completely obsessed with Courtney and even mentions that he had a crush on her , I really was.annoyed by this the only thing ms Love had too do with Nirvana was the fact she was married to Kurt yet she was talked about at length through the book, I did however enjoy the was this book about Nirvana, Kurt Cobain or Courtney Love I found myself questioning that through the whole book, while the author seemed very knowledgeable about Nirvana he barley mentioned the members Krist and Dave he seemed completely obsessed with Courtney and even mentions that he had a crush on her , I really was.annoyed by this the only thing ms Love had too do with Nirvana was the fact she was married to Kurt yet she was talked about at length through the book, I did however enjoy the authors writing style which is the only reason I gave this bookthen a two star rating Easily the best Nirvana biography I have read I was initially interested in reading this book because it was written by Everett True, who dedicated music fans might remember as the guy who broke Sub Pop into the national consciousness with his early Melody Maker profiles Of course, if you were old enough and cool enough you probably knew about that whole world much earlier, but I was young enough and uncool enough for it to be news to me I remember one time in high school these older kids c Easily the best Nirvana biography I have read I was initially interested in reading this book because it was written by Everett True, who dedicated music fans might remember as the guy who broke Sub Pop into the national consciousness with his early Melody Maker profiles Of course, if you were old enough and cool enough you probably knew about that whole world much earlier, but I was young enough and uncool enough for it to be news to me I remember one time in high school these older kids came over to my neighbor s house and announced they were going to a Mudhoney concert They asked us if we had ever heard of Mudhoney No, we replied Good, they laughed That was an early indication for me of a secret world I knew nothing about Anyways, Everett True later endeared himself to me evenby championing all things Riot Grrrl, a scene that I was a big fan of Plus, he had and still has an enthusiastic fan type perspective to his writing He really writes himself into the story here, which could be annoying but isn t since I know from other sources that he really was fairly central to the Nirvana story He was probably the closest writerly person to the band there was He may not have been granted all of the interviews from the main characters that the offical Nirvana biographer was, but he was able to secure access to many people who have never spoken about Nirvana before because he was their friend Overall, definitely better than Heavier than Heaven A good companion to Come As You Are but also better Own this and the journals, if you must own anything At one point it had really felt we could ve changed things, but with his suicide it was finally proved to me, irrevocably, this is what happens when you try to fuck with the system.Everett True was pretty much there from the start Working for Melody Maker at the time, he was the first journalist in the UK to delve into the music scene of Seattle and the surrounding area He travelled around the world with Nirvana, performed on stage with them multiple times, spent hour after hour with them, At one point it had really felt we could ve changed things, but with his suicide it was finally proved to me, irrevocably, this is what happens when you try to fuck with the system.Everett True was pretty much there from the start Working for Melody Maker at the time, he was the first journalist in the UK to delve into the music scene of Seattle and the surrounding area He travelled around the world with Nirvana, performed on stage with them multiple times, spent hour after hour with them, becoming the rarest of things a trusted journalist Who introduced albeit indirectly Courtney Love to Kurt Cobain Everett True When Cobain was brought on to the headlining stage of Reading festival in a wheelchair in 1992, who was doing the pushing Everett True When Cobain died, who was the only journalist welcomed into the household Everett True.After so many books, biographies, bootlegs and blogs about Nirvana, it s difficult for anyone to get a clear sense of what it was like at the time, what the band was about, what they meantall that sort of stuff It s hard not to have memories distorted by so many differing accounts And so, it s about time that a book like this came out a genuinely definitive book on the subject of Nirvana This is the only one you need Others have proved interesting reads, but have always been suspiciously angled Charles R Cross Heavier Than Heaven, for example, has some wonderful anecdotesbut if you dig a bit deeper, at times it s worryingly biased in favour of Courtney Love, no doubt a result of her endorsement.True offers us a hands up in the air, as honest as can be account of the few years in which Nirvana changed nothing by changing everything At times he goes into an obsessive amount of detail, with interviews from pretty much anyone and everyone that played a part in the band s rise to stardom, with the main exception of Courtney Love It s difficult to gauge whether the two are still on good terms, but judging by the lack of fresh input from Love, you d assume not Fortunately, True has a veritable library of interviews that he conducted with her over the years to draw from.The main reason this is the definitive Nirvana book is that it doesn t pretend to be definitive So many stories surround the band, with conflicting reports from all quarters on every important event True always points out the different sides of the stories, noting quite rightly that half the time, you just can t be sure what the truth is Kurtney , as he puts it, made up so many things in an attempt to throw people off the scent of their real selves truths were refuted, myths became reality.It s Everett True s position as an insider that makes this book what it is Without it, he d be just another writer trying to capture what made this band and their music so special, and he d be ten years too late in doing it, too Instead, we re taken into the eye of the storm a maelstrom of smashed guitars, world domination, passionate love affairs, and, ultimately, self destruction.N.B I never knew Nirvana was in Berlin the night the wall came down As the assistant editor of Melody Maker, Everett True was the first journalist to cover the Seattle music scene in earlyand interview Nirvana He is responsible for bringing Hole, Pavement, Soundgarden, and a host of other bands to international attention He introduced Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love, performed on stage with Nirvana on numerous occasions, and famously pushed Kurt onto the stage of the Reading Festival inin a wheelchair Nirvana The Biography is an honest, moving, incisive, and heartfelt re evaluation of a band that has been misrepresented time and time again since its tragic demise in Aprilfollowing Kurt Cobain s suicide True captures what the band was really like He also discusses the music scene of the time the fellow bands, the scenes, the seminars, the countless live dates, the friends and allies and drug dealers Drawn from hundreds of original interviews, Nirvana The Biography is the final word on Nirvana, Cobain, and Seattle grunge [EPUB] ✵ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – 9facts.co.uk Everett True was the first journalist to cover the Seattle music scene in earlyand interview Nirvana He is responsible for bringing Hole ❮Download❯ ➵ Jazz Age Stories Author F. 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Mullins – 9facts.co.uk performed on stage with Nirvana on numerous occasions [PDF] ⚣ The Affair ✯ Emma Kavanagh – 9facts.co.uk and famously pushed Kurt onto the stage of the Reading Festival inin a wheelchair Nirvana The Biography is an honest ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✩ – 9facts.co.uk moving ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Beautiful Creatures By Lulu Taylor ❤ – 9facts.co.uk incisive ❮KINDLE❯ ➜ Dr. Simon Forman ❤ Author Judith Cook – 9facts.co.uk and heartfelt re evaluation of a band that has been misrepresented time and time again since its tragic demise in Aprilfollowing Kurt Cobain s suicide True captures what the band was really like He also discusses the music scene of the time the fellow bands ❰KINDLE❯ ❅ Susannah (Sunfire, Author Candice Ransom – 9facts.co.uk the scenes [Reading] ➹ An Obsession with Cigar Box Guitars ➯ David Sutton – 9facts.co.uk the seminars [EPUB] ✹ The Folded Earth: A Novel Auteur Anuradha Roy – 9facts.co.uk the countless live dates ➲ Charity Girl Read ➺ Author Georgette Heyer – 9facts.co.uk the friends and allies and drug dealers Drawn from hundreds of original interviews ❰Ebook❯ ➠ Confession (Daniel Jacquot, Author Martin O& – 9facts.co.uk Nirvana The Biography is the final word on Nirvana ➩ Sisters of Treason (The Tudor Trilogy, Ebook ➯ Author Elizabeth Fremantle – 9facts.co.uk Cobain [Reading] ➽ Sisters of Treason ➳ Elizabeth Fremantle – 9facts.co.uk and Seattle grunge I didn t believe it was still possible to discover any uncharted waters as it pertains to Cobain and Nirvana, but this book did that I have volumes upon volumes of books and DVD s of this material, and somehow this bio revealed new dimensions to the tragic saga This writer brought a personal,much greater in depth touch, to counter most of the self created mythology around this subject matter.The author is just about super annoying, but he delved way deeper into the very environments that creat I didn t believe it was still possible to discover any uncharted waters as it pertains to Cobain and Nirvana, but this book did that I have volumes upon volumes of books and DVD s of this material, and somehow this bio revealed new dimensions to the tragic saga This writer brought a personal,much greater in depth touch, to counter most of the self created mythology around this subject matter.The author is just about super annoying, but he delved way deeper into the very environments that created and shaped Cobain and Nirvana What I found really valuable and enlightening was the information he gleaned from relatively non descript sources from the Olympia scene,casual acquaintances,fellow Seattle scene bands that I had assumed were rivals, and even Frances Bean s formerly drug addled live in nanny with his sordid account of the Dark Period aka the Kurtney years I m glad I took the time to give oneNirvana bio a look, though the book is a door stopper, I tore through it It seems highly unlikely that there is anything else left in the Nirvana ouevre for me to consume, but I ll probably find something at some point Sister Sonic Youth s 1987 album isbad acid trips I never took, stated Courtney Love to me in 1992, plus physics or psychics, Philip K Dick, astronomy, best bending of English and football, no boyfriends at all, no girlfriends either, lots of cigarettes and bad drugs, a frozen spring in a room all alone for six months not talking to anyone except the regulars at the strip bar Bad wine and the same old stinky old nightie and trench coat, big holes in my shoes all over NYC, until I gotSister Sonic Youth s 1987 album isbad acid trips I never took, stated Courtney Love to me in 1992, plus physics or psychics, Philip K Dick, astronomy, best bending of English and football, no boyfriends at all, no girlfriends either, lots of cigarettes and bad drugs, a frozen spring in a room all alone for six months not talking to anyone except the regulars at the strip bar Bad wine and the same old stinky old nightie and trench coat, big holes in my shoes all over NYC, until I got bag lady blisters and I had this record, anti depressants don t work now Times Square is sick, I gotta go back to LA, maybe I ll stop listening to this damn velvet shiny light Josephine Wiggs Breeders bassist sticky New York dark I can t get the rats out of my hair, angels are dreaming of you.Shit, Courtney should ve become a rock critic Plenty of interesting Nirvana history here, but discerning fact from fiction amid Everett True s I was a big part of this story delivery is problematic Could just as easily have been titled Me and Nirvana by Everett True.


About the Author: Everett True

My name is Everett True I am a music critic This is what I do I criticise music.The clue is in my job description music critic I do not consider myself a journalist, as I do not research or report hard news I do not consider myself a commentator as I believe that everyone should be a participant I criticise people and in return I am not surprised if other people criticise me It is part of the whole deal of being in the public arena.I write about music, and my life I do not separate one from the other, nor am I ashamed of voicing opinion Indeed, I believe opinion to be central to my craft I do not need others to tell me what to enjoy and I do not trust critics who claim to be impartial because at the very least they have not fully thought through what they are doing.I am Everett True Believe in me and I have power like a God Quit believing in me and I no longer exist.