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A commemorative edition, featuring new material of the definitive, best-selling biography to mark 25 years since Kurt Cobain's death.  

Kurt Cobain's life and death fast became rock 'n' roll legend. The worldwide success of his band, Nirvana, defined the music scene in the early 1990s, and their songs spoke to and for a generation. Music journalist Charles R. Cross, a veteran of the Seattle music scene, relates this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it. 

Heavier Than Heaven is the definitive life of one of the 20th century's most creative and troubled music geniuses and includes a new introduction commemorating 25 years since Cobain's death.

©2001 Charles R. Cross (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Brilliant biography

I laughed at the many stories of Nirvana trolling everyone, smashing expensive equipment or starting food fights at fancy formal music industry events. The last few chapters were much more heartfelt and darker, and despite the fact that we all know how it ends, I was still in tears when the book finished. I think this is a balanced and fair depiction of Cobain, and it was an enjoyable reading.

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Answer's to my teenage friends

what a harrowing story of a boy's lie struggling to be loved, who became one of our most beloved men in his adult life who found a partner whose surname was love! my teenage friends had some strange ways which I didn't understand and then as I read I understood why my classmate, who was 15 at the time passed away from what I believe to be a strange way to get high! I write this because in Kurt's young life this was what he has done too. a suggestion is to find the live performances and watch after a chapter finishes. It brings all the moments in Kurt's life to life! it breaks my heart on a friendship level and as a mum a paternal one also. I feel nothing but Adoration for Kurt and Courtney! For their absolutely beautiful daughter Frances. It's funny, when we had our little girl we too called her our little bean. I hadn't known this was the reason for Frances middle name. Thank you for telling this story more people need to understand what it's like to be such an amazing talent and hopefully see signs that say a person needs to be loved without doubt and if they need help, do your best to help them no matter how much they curse you and say they hate, true love knows no bounds!

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Emotional,Powerful, Beautiful

Emotional roller coaster so well put together thankyou everyone involved it was a masterpiece

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  • Richard C Brown
  • 29-03-2022

I just want to give Kurt a big hug.

This book has helped me work through my own feelings. I felt deeply betrayed and angry when Kurt took his own life. At the time, I was 18 and dealing with my diagnosis of an incurable and progressive nervous disorder myself, I latched on to and was hooked by conspiracy theories. I shared their outrage and felt their hatred towards his Wife. Today, a lifetime later for me, I am a Husband and Father and have a University degree. I have lots of experience of life. I had suicidal thoughts and attempted to end my life. I am very grateful I got through, but Kurt did not. This is a sensitive, heart-breaking book. Charles R Cross pulls together a thorough and varied collection of facts, recollections and insights. Greg Lockett expertly tells the story, signalling different contributors with subtle changes of his voice. We can plainly see Kurt's tormented soul. Today, I don't blame Kurt or anyone else - I just feel so sorry for him. I see Kurt as an old friend, someone I wish I could have helped, I just want to give Kurt a big hug. I never got to meet him, but he is someone I still miss. Look out for your friends and family. Never let someone you love slip far enough to decide suicide is their only option. If you're feeling suicidal, reach out to someone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-2021

Love you Kurt

i loved it, this book really made me understand why I loved Kurt and his music, the way he was, who he was, the book really made me get to knoq the Kurt I've always known but now knew how and why he was himself and understand him. miss you Kurt, I too have battled heroin and divorce and depression. thank you for everything and for your lifetime of love and honesty. thank the writer and person who wrote the book. breathtaking

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  • 13-01-2020

Tedious, don’t bother!

Made music I liked when I was a younger man but self obsessed, shallow and boring.

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  • Nails_by_axle
  • 06-03-2022

brilliant read!!

been listening to this book fir days while at work and can't stop "reading" it, really awesome autobiography.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2021

Very interesting

I really did enjoy this book it was so interesting learning about the life and death of an amazing musician like kurt

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  • Dean
  • 10-11-2021

Wow

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME really cool listen and well worth the money

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  • Gimp
  • 14-02-2021

GREAT!!

loved every moment of this.
Very dark autobiography on a very dark guy. Highly recommend.

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  • C Lowe
  • 02-01-2021

Gorgeous

Forget the conspiracy theories, forget Kurt's halo... This book covers every glamour, pain and spark of his short life. Brilliantly read, I couldn't stop listening! Check it out!

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