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Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain

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ISBN13: 9780062308214
ISBN10: 0062308211
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Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter?

On April 5, 1994, twenty-seven-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated relationship with fame, his tortured soul — all these elements came together in one terrible moment in Seattle, and the landscapes of music and pop culture were forever changed. Two decades have passed since Cross, a Seattle-based editor and writer and early supporter of Nirvana, lived the horror of that day on the front lines, fielding the phone calls as the media descended upon his city, desperately searching for an exclusive on the death of yet another young rock icon.

While the impact of a person's life is difficult to see fully on the day he dies, the long view provides a wider, and usually more accurate, vista. For the first time ever, Cross, author of the definitive Cobain biography, Heavier Than Heaven, explores how the haunting memory of Cobain — the life he led, the music he played, and the people he touched — lives on in innumerable, and sometimes surprising, ways. Here We Are Now attempts to answer where we — the fans, the music business and fashion industry, the addiction and recovery communities, Kurt's family — are, two decades later.

Cobain's life and work can be seen everywhere, from his indelible marks on music to his more subtle influence on gender and gay rights, the way we view suicide and drug addiction, and the very idea of Seattle as a cultural hub. Nirvana's music has touched multiple generations, and while the world has changed considerably since Nevermind was first released in 1991, the status of that album only grows as years pass. Cobain and Nirvana are now part of a rite of passage through adolescence, and while "teen spirit" may have changed and evolved since the early nineties, the music remains authentic all the same. Simply stated, Kurt Cobain changed the cultural conversation, in his all too brief life, and even after his shattering death. With interviews and commentary from all corners of the pop culture universe, from the people who knew Cobain to those who continue to help his legend grow, Here We Are Now explores what a singular life meant, and how that meaning can be measured, when and if it can be.

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In Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestselling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, examines the legacy of the Nirvana front man and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death?

Kurt Cobain is the icon born of the 90s, a man whose legacy continues to influence pop culture and music. Cross explores the impact Cobain has had on music, fashion, film, and culture, and attempts to explain his lasting and looming legacy.

About the Author

Charles R. Cross has written nine books, including Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain, which was a New York Times bestseller, won the 2002 ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography, and was called "one of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star" by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix and was the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, with Ann and Nancy Wilson. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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aliceismereally, April 26, 2014 (view all comments by aliceismereally)
While I think this book provides interesting commentary on the effect that Kurt Cobain had on individuals and our culture, I have a problem with Charles Cross (and other writers who claim to know definitively that Kurt Cobain killed himself) acting as though he was close friend of Kurt's, and presuming to know his internal dialogue on the day he died. In "Heavier Than Heaven," which is a very interesting read even if it might not all be literally true, Cross writes of the day of Kurt's suicide from the point of view of being inside Kurt's head. To me, this is a gross violation, as he does not even preface that section by saying something like, "While no one can really know what Kurt was thinking on April 5th, 1994, I imagine he might have been thinking something like this:" That one disclaimer would have made it less offensive. The book also seemed to come largely from Courtney's POV, rather than being an independent reporting of Kurt's life. I look forward to the opportunity to see Cross on 4/28/14 to ask him about his writing choices. Suzette
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062308214
Subtitle:
The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain
Author:
Cross, Charles R.
Publisher:
It Books
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140318
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.73 in 22.8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestselling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, examines the legacy of the Nirvana front man and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death?

Kurt Cobain is the icon born of the 90s, a man whose legacy continues to influence pop culture and music. Cross explores the impact Cobain has had on music, fashion, film, and culture, and attempts to explain his lasting and looming legacy.

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