Heavier Than Heaven (Hardcover)

A Biography of Kurt Cobain

By Charles R. Cross

Hachette Books, 9780786865055, 381pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2001

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Paperback (8/21/2002)
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It has been twenty years since Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994; it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it. Based on more than four hundred interviews; four years of research; exclusive access to Cobain's unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos; and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobain's life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to his rise to fame, success, and the adulation of a generation. Charles Cross has written a preface for this new edition, in which he recounts some of the events regarding Kurt Cobain and this book in the past two decades since his death.

About the Author

Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestseller Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, was editor of The Rocket, the Northwest's highly regarded music and entertainment magazine and the first publication ever to do a cover story on Nirvana. He is the author of three other books: Led Zeppelin: Heaven and Hell; Backstreets: Springsteen, the Man and His Music; and Nevermind: The Classic Album. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Spy, among many other publications. He lives in Seattle.

Praise For Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

"One of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star."Los Angeles Times

"Thorough, definitive."—The New York Times

"Heavier Than Heaven sets a high, new standard."—Rolling Stone

"As engrossing as a good novel. A remarkable
portrait."—Entertainment Weekly

"Definitive...Cross untangles the soul of a man."—USA Today

"Charles R. Cross' definitive biography of Cobain traces his life story
via more than 400 interviews, and intimate access to the Nirvana
frontman's private journals and lyrics."—Entertainment Weekly, Your Complete Kurt Cobain Reading Guide