Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana

Come As You Are The Story of Nirvana Nirvana came out of nowhere in to sell nearly five million copies of their landmark album Nevermind whose thunderous sound and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion frustration and pas

  • Title: Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana
  • Author: Michael Azerrad
  • ISBN: 9780385471992
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nirvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell nearly five million copies of their landmark album Nevermind, whose thunderous sound and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion, frustration, and passion of the emerging Generation X Come As You Are is the close up, intimate story of Nirvana the only book with exclusive in depth interviews with bandmembers KurtNirvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell nearly five million copies of their landmark album Nevermind, whose thunderous sound and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion, frustration, and passion of the emerging Generation X Come As You Are is the close up, intimate story of Nirvana the only book with exclusive in depth interviews with bandmembers Kurt Cobain, Krist Noveselic, and Dave Grohl, as well as friends, relatives, former bandmembers, and associates now updated to include a new final chapter detailing the last year of Kurt Cobain s life, before his tragic suicide in April 1994.

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    1. I'll confess - I was not the biggest Nirvana fan back in the day. I was more of a Pearl Jam/Green Day girl. I mean, I liked Nirvana, but it was "Ten" that I played on repeat, and it was "Kerplunk!" that I haunted CD stores in search of. Nirvana was good, but I wasn't into them the way some people were. I certainly did not cry when Kurt Cobain killed himself.But it seems like most people, when they get to be about my age, start to be hit with some serious nostalgia for their earlier days. Whether [...]

    2. I have pathetically idolized Kurt Cobain from both the early days of Nirvana to posthumously. I own a fairly large collection of biographies on the band and the artist. Included in that stack are his published journals and other writings. I was present during the infamous debacle at Trees in Dallas (October 19, 1991) and even wrote a short review for my university paper after calling the venue and speaking with a couple of employees of Trees, both who I knew personally. The factual events of tha [...]

    3. My heart used to beat with the rhythm of this book. I have this paperback copy which no longer has the cover pages. It has deteriorated along with my teenage angst. However, I still remember being fourteen, dreaming about having a guitar, screaming the lyrics and my frustration with the world and reading this book.Frankly, I do not give a damn if it has especially good writing, probably not. There is something about it. Soul. Maybe. And you can tell the guy who wrote it, actually cared about tho [...]

    4. If your going to read a music bio of nirvana, this is it. it goes through the life's of all the band members, including the temporary ones. it has a very thorough way of explaining their lives without getting stuck on mundane and useless things. it reads quite easily and teaches some really interesting things that i had no idea about. it was written before Kurt Cobain killed himself, and it is based on hours upon hours of interviews and conversations the author had with nirvana while he was tagg [...]

    5. This is a detailed history of NIRVANA written by someone who's obviously a part of the scene and knows the whole background of where the band came from and what they were trying to accomplish. The problem, as other reviewers have pointed out, is that this author, Michael Azerrad, is very clearly on Kurt Cobain's team, rooting for him and covering for him no matter what the facts on the ground actually look like. This book was written before Cobain died and yet it's clear that every single member [...]

    6. One of the most influential bands to ever hit mother earth is Nirvana. These three weird guys managed to come out of nowhere and dominate the music scene. This scene which became selective, commercial and anti-artistic at the time. Their album became number one even beating Michael Jackson proving that grunge, alternative and punk aren't just lousy tries to revive Rock which has been dead. Proving that Rock isn't about makeup and long hair and acting macho. Proving that rock is a way of express [...]

    7. The book's a little sloppy, but it's about a grunge band, so An interesting albeit sad read for anyone who lived through the swirl Nirvana caused as they destroyed the mainstream music market and then self-destructed, all within two years. Lots of direct interview material with everyone in the band helps you get a real picture of who they were apart from the hype (sometimes to their detriment, as in the case of Chris Novoselic, who comes across as little more than an obnoxious drunk). Towards th [...]

    8. K got me doing some music biography reading, and I came across a cheap used copy of this one, so I finally got around to reading it just twenty short years after my Nirvana-listening peak. Probably required reading for fans. It's a very thorough biography of the band from its inception until just prior to the release of In Utero. My edition adds a necessary post-original publication bonus chapter to discuss Kurt Cobain's death. Michael Azerrad leveraged fantastic access to the band, so the story [...]

    9. There are so many goodness in this book and I became free!!!!!!I caught myself laughing and crying (alone) while reading till the break of dawn. Though this book was unauthorized biography of the band but I think, this was the most comprehensive, honest and sort of organic because its band members (past and associates), friends and family were given a chance to participate during the process and at the same time this was written before Cobain's death so it was like "Real". If you happened to lis [...]

    10. I was never a huge Nirvana fan when I was growing up, so maybe that helps explain why this book didn't do much for me. Azerrad has tons of quotes from Cobain and the rest of the band members, as well as Courtney Love. He obviously had incredible access to the performers. But I also wonder if maybe that access didn't lead him to be too close to his material. There is a definate undercurrent of hero worship in this book, and Azerrad sometimes is defensive on behalf of the band and seems reluctant [...]

    11. I don't have much time right now, so I'm just going to jot down a few thoughts in list form.-This is the 'official biography', and I wasn't sure if it really was going to be better than the dozens of other Nirvana/Kurt Cobain biographies, but it really was a good one. It was interesting. It also mentioned a few more books that some songs were based off of, which is good, because Kurt Cobain hasn't steered me wrong yet with that sort of thing.-The way that it was written was conversational enough [...]

    12. I couldnt put this book down! It;s very honsestly written, never trying to portray anyone unrealistically. It shows the ugly side of fame very vividly, and really gives the reader a sense of what Kurt's life was like, and all the inner turmoil that eventually caused him to end it. It's great from someone who grew up in the 890s because I remember a lot of the events that took place during the height of "Nirvanamania" The only thing that bugged me a little was that Kurt really was the central foc [...]

    13. I picked this up in anticipation of the new Kurt Cobain documentary that's coming to Nashville soon. This of course is a familiar story but I did learn a few things, especially about album productions and technical aspects of the music, which I thought was really interesting. This book also sheds some new light on Kurt's relationships with Dave, Chris and Courtney and through Kurt's own words reveals a lot more detail about his character. Even though I knew the ending I really didn't want to fin [...]

    14. An incredible story of an incredible band that changed the perception of alternative music. The impact of Nirvana is undeniable as it is witnessed in this book. Every fan MUST read it because here you can find Nirvana's story told by the band and the people that surrounded them. Up to this day Nirvana is my favorite band ever and it is favorite of mine since I've heard it when I was 12 years old. Like I said, this biography is absolutely amazing and worth reading.

    15. This was a great book. One of the first non-fictions I ever tried to read over a subject I was obsessed with at the time so there was little doubt that it would be a great read for me at the time. But the notes from the author about who Kurt was to him were by far the most interesting pieces of this book.

    16. The definitive bio because Cobain actually liked Azerrad; most of this book came from hours of interviews they did over a number of sessions. The audio recordings of those talks has been coupled with video footage of his hometown, etc. in the new documentary film, "About a Son."

    17. i was obssessed with it when it came out. it was my bible, Azerrad was Mohammed translating from God Kurt. listen to In Utero - it'll still kick your ass.

    18. Written very well, incredibly informative concering the scene during the early 90s, Seattle, music biz, the band and Kurt.

    19. this book makes u feel like ur there in the nirvana scene as it happened, mostly cause Kurt was ambitious and never gave up, til the end of course, unfortunately.

    20. The bulk of the book captures something that could have never been discussed the same way after April 1994.

    21. Michael Azerrad is a great writer of the rock and roll genre. I really enjoyed 'Our Band Could Be Your Life.' He weaves a great story here as well, telling the story of the rise of Nirvana and the rise and sudden end for Kurt Cobain.

    22. This book, published before Kurt Cobain's passing, provides a haunting glimpse into the misery and pain he carried every day of his existence. Azerrad writes brilliantly.

    23. thought this was informative & insightful, especially with regard to the Band's early years. although I did not enjoy this as much as "Our Band Could Be Your Life" & definitely draws me to want to read more books about the Band in their

    24. Nirvana is one of the few bands that I have loved since their first album Bleach. I remember listening to the DJ Rodney on the Rock on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ in early 1990 and hearing him play the song "About a Girl." I also remember him pronouncing the name of the band "Near-Vane-a" instead of just Nirvana. I didn't hear much more about the band until the Nevermind album came out, and I was more than hooked,He influenced me to take up playing the guitar. I thought, "If he can play, [...]

    25. 20 years ago, the world lost an iconic artist in Kurt Cobain. I had discovered Nirvana in mid-September 1991, as a freshman in college in Los Angeles. I can still remember returning to my dorm on a hot afternoon and putting "Nevermind" on my headphones. I'd already heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and loved it, so knew I'd at least like that track. But then the album unfolded, one great song after another and I became my freshman dorm's Nirvana disciple, and by December of that year, it seemed as [...]

    26. Come As You Are Come As you Are one of Kurt Cobains more popular song also the title of Michael Azerrad's biography about Kurt Cobain lead singer of Nirvanna. In Azerrad's novel about Kurt Cobain he tells the sad life of popular singer Kurt Cobain. Always living in depression Kurt realized at a young age he did not want to be here. One of his interviews he states "born with suicidal genes" (54). Kurts misaligned stomach, drug addiction, and family problems all led to death at the young age of 27 [...]

    27. I read these two Kurt Cobain biographies as part of some research for my new novel, which I wanted to have some tangential connections to Nirvana and Cobain. I read both books along with completely-legally-paying-for (read downloading) all of Nirvana's B-Sides and Rarities and Home-recordings, etc. Actually both the books were quite interesting for very different reasons. Azerrad wrote his book while Cobain was still alive, and so only the epilogue (added later) even addresses his suicide. Cross [...]

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