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Cobain Unseen pdf Cobain Unseen, ebook Cobain Unseen, epub Cobain Unseen, doc Cobain Unseen, e-pub Cobain Unseen, Cobain Unseen 4375097106a An Unparalleled Look Inside The Brilliant Mind Of One Of America S Most Revered Rock Legends, Cobain Unseen Collects Previously Unseen Artifacts And Photographs From The Estate S Archives To Form A Fascinating Portrait Of The Creativity, Madness, And Genius Of Kurt Cobain Personal Items And Photographs Take Readers Deeper Inside Cobain S Life Than They Ve Ever Been Before, And Interactive Features, Such As Kurt S Handwritten Sticker Sheet Of Nirvana Name Tags, Facsimiles Of Unseen Journal Pages, And Gatefolds Of His Graffiti Embellished Guitars Make This An Essential Keepsake An Audio CD Showcasing Spoken Word Material By Cobain, Some Of It Never Before Released, Will Be Included Accompanying The Previously Unpublished Images And Memorabilia Is A Compelling Biographical Narrative By New York Times Bestselling Author Charles R Cross


10 thoughts on “Cobain Unseen

  1. says:

    I literally love and adore everything about this book The single, solitary thing I disliked about it was that it ended.When my brother was moving out of the house we grew up in, he intended to donate this book He ended up donating it to me, and in return, he received a look of exasperated disbelief I could not understand and still can t why he would want to get rid of this It s been sitting on my bookshelf for many years, and it fits quite well with my empty liquor bottle bookend decor I swear I don t have a drinking problem I finally decided I had to read it immediately and so I did I deeply regret not having read it sooner, and I cannot wait to read it again and again and again and again .Kurt Cobain was is a deeply intriguing human being, which is clearly evident in his artwork His song writing, his instrumental abilities, his paintings, drawings, the alterations to his various collectible figurines, so on and so forth His artistic talent was is uncanny, almost unfathomable He unfortunately met an early demise and so many hearts including my own are still hurting for him Kurt expressed that he was too sensitive , extremely empathetic, and felt very deeply He also struggled with severe depression for most of his life In those ways, I relate to him A LOT, and I think, for me, that makes reading about his life that much meaningful.Aside from the subject matter, this book has so much to offer It s extremely well written, extensively researched, and the author took such care with seemingly minute details that ended up feeling really important to me in terms of attempting to understand not only Kurt, but the progression of Nirvana all of their success and their gradual departure as a band.My initial plan to tackle this book was to read it chapter by chapter, like any other book This book is not like any other book, so that plan swiftly went out the window It s an interactive book, with so many pictures and footnotes to rifle through that reading it chapter by chapter just didn t work out for me Instead, I read the excerpts in each chapter first, and then went back and scoured the pictures and footnotes, which proved a much better way to read this Aside from pictures of him, there are other things included, such as Nirvana stickers similar to the ones Kurt made when he was self promoting Nirvana, flyers for Nirvana shows, actual loose leaf letters, notes and journal entries that you can remove from the page and hold in your hands There are so many pictures of things he collected, art he created, and objects he modified, as well as lists for album and lyric ideas All of these things combined really help the reader immerse themselves in at least a small portion of his mind the way he interpreted the world and how he felt about everything.Reading this book was an immersive experience I don t have previous experience reading such an interactive book like this, so maybe I am naive in thinking this particular one is fantastic I enjoyed it than I originally thought possible and I always love when that happens.Upon visiting the authors GoodReads page to see what else he s written, I discovered the biography Heavier Than Heaven A Biography of Kurt Cobain, which I cannot wait to read I also intend to watch Montage of Heck, in which the filmmaker Brett Morgan uses materials from Cobain s personal archives to delve further into his childhood experiences, his career, and his untimely death Of course, I ll also be listening to Nirvana a little bit frequently than I already do.Guys, I enjoyed this book so much that I now consider this a personal treasure of mine It went from sitting untouched and unread on my highest, unreachable without a step stool bookshelf to being in my lap as we speak so I can gently caress it to show my utmost appreciation for it I wouldn t lend this to my best friend if asked because I never want it to be out of my possession Maybe that s taking it too far, but you get the idea, right If you re not a fan of Nirvana and find you don t really care about Kurt Cobain, I d say to just avoid this For fans of Nirvana and Cobain, like myself, I think this is absolutely worth every second you ll spend exploring it It is unique and special and deserves to be appreciated.


  2. says:

    Let me start off by saying that this review in no way reflects my personal opinions on Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, or any other aspect of his life If that were the case I would automatically give this book five stars, as Kurt s work and personality has always attracted me, and I ve always found him extremely relatable However, since this is, in fact, a book review, I will try to stay focused on the way the information was presented that is, what the author himself is responsible for and avoid passing judgement on the actual content Cobain Unseen is a scrapbook of sorts that chronicles the creative mind of Nirvana s Kurt Cobain Cross shows us small glimpses into the artist s creative life and allows us to witness the metamorphosis from musician to writer to painter to sculptor to collector to photographer and then back again The information is brief and rarely in depth this is not meant to be a biography of Kurt s life or the creation of Nirvana, but instead it shows us his imaginative works of art and writing and provides historical information to put their meaning into context The draw of this book is not the writing, which is mediocre at the best of times, but instead the inclosed reproductions of priceless memorabilia a thanksgiving card designed by a young Kurt, a high school diploma, a CD featuring Kurt reading from his journals, and even a copy of the first hand written edition of Smells Like Teen Spirit This is not a book that focuses on heroin addiction or musical power or even the band Nirvana itself instead it is a collage and highly collectible look into Cobain s mind.The one thing I do find strange about this book, however, is the fact that Courtney Love would allow these journal entires and private photographs and personal mementos to be mass produced and sold for profit in an almost exploitative way In fact, the manner in which the book itself was put together seemed so opposite to what Kurt would have wanted obviously, this is purely my opinion as I have absolutely no way of knowing this It was obviously designed to sell well, and to sell well something has to be generally inoffensive, clean, simple, not too dark and, above all, and easy to comprehend In all honesty, I don t think Kurt himself would have liked to see his art muddled down into an acceptable wafer of a book, seeing as how his art was always about pushing limits, about questioning typical societal roles, embracing anarchist archetypes and even doing some things for the pure fun of the shock value At any rate, it seems odd that one would allow the public to rifle through their loved one s belongings, but this is simply a personal feeling and it has nothing to do with Kurt Cobain himself I would feel the same way if anyone sold out their loved one s private things for mass production Overall the book is nicely put together, with high quality photos and bits of history you wouldn t have gotten to see otherwise, regardless of how they came to be put together in a book Don t buy it for the writing, but instead for the interesting cornucopia of artifacts inside.


  3. says:

    I can only read so much of this book before I get physically sick at the sight of the author blowing bottled sunshine up Kurt Cobain s dead and decayed butt I can t imagine any other character from history deserving for lack of a better word a gimmicky pop up book collecting all the ephemeral keepsake garbage all the way back to their childhood Can you imagine a book like this exposing Dostoevsky s crude kindergarten drawings of kangaroos and butterflies, and then an author exposing this as a sign of genius to come, a window into his obsessions Maybe Kerouac deserves a book like this, but sorry Billy Corgan, I don t see yours forthcoming unless you drive your car into the Chrysler building in the immediate future or Jessica Simpson strangles you in your sleep The author goes from a tone unintentionally parodying highfalutin scholarship to one of creepy stalkerism How can this man write seriously about Cobain s obsessions everything is an obsession to him with bodily fluid and the experimental tapes Cobain made in junior high Has this guy ever met anyone in their 20 s Doesn t he know for the most part all the hep ones have a wide collection of kitschy and campy junk and make their own elaborate collages and art, that hardly any of them resort to collecting from E bay Man, what a square The interview with him on the CD enclosed is borderline boring hilarious.All in all this book is starting to make me hate Kurt Cobain and imagine him as a whiny, windy pretentious lazy totally gross boring nerd, one of those sensitive artistic geniuses the author likes to portray him as he shoves Cobain s ephemeral and senseless dungdroppings down my throat I think even Kurt Cobain s colossal yet fragile ego would be embarrassed by this book But I will continue reading it, and raking up small fines as I postpone returning it to the library, as I am afraid in a short time all the fragile little gimmicky things in this book will be destroyed or lost or stolen before I have a chance to ogle them Ah Finally done Okay, I got a little emotional at the end But I m still not sure this book needed to exist It has made me nostalgic for a time when one troubled entity could become so famous that he could become a spokesperson for his generation, before the internet and the splitting of tastes into tiny little factions, before irony became a dead letter to nobody and not the defense mechanism to cliches and superficiality it was initially propped up to be And I guess I hate a book like this because it reminds me of how we have become as a culture archivers of movements and people and everything, and how this slavishness to detail and description and explanation has in some ways hindered us from producing any new thing And in my mind there s no uglier or purer example of this tendency than this book, which no doubt has good intentions, but in the end seems over analyzing and sterile Grunge is dead There s no fighting any .


  4. says:

    An exciting collection of unseen artifacts and photographs from Kurt Cobain s estate s archives, which writer and biographer Charles R Cross was granted exclusive access to This fascinating book evokes a fascinating portrait of the creative genius of grunge s most important and influential figure It s all in here childhood drawings, early song lyrics and random ramblings, forming a biographical mapping of Cobain s too short life This is an unparalleled look at one of the most famous men in music and a thoroughly unique publication that is essential reading for any Cobain or Nirvana fan.I had the opportunity to speak to Cross a number of years ago about his connection to Kurt Cobain, his biographies on Cobain Heavier Than Heaven A Biography of Kurt Cobain and Cobain Unseen and Cobain s estate, and his love for Seattle, the birthplace of grunge Charles R Cross was born in Virginia, where he spent much of his childhood When his father became a professor of psychology, the family travelled to a variety of university towns, including Richmond, New York, Connecticut and lastly Washington, where Cross attended high school He later graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Creative Writing While in university, he served as Editor of the Daily in 1979, and caused a whole lot of ruckus when he left the front page of the newspaper blank The only type was a small line that read The White Issue, in deference to the Beatles White album.After college, Cross served as Editor of The Rocket, the Northwest s music and entertainment magazine, from 1986 through 2000 The Rocket was hailed as the best regional music magazine in the nation by the L.A Reader Cross wrote stories on such seminal Northwest bands as the Sonics, the Wailers, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, the Screaming Trees, and hundreds, if not thousands, of lesser known bands In addition to The Rocket, Cross s writing has appeared in hundreds of magazines including Rolling Stone, Esquire, Playboy, Spin, Guitar World, Q, Mojo, Salon, Spy, Uncut, NME, Request, No Depression, Revolver, Ray Gun, Creem, and Trouser Press He has written for many newspapers and alternative weeklies including the London Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Oregonian, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Seattle Weekly He has lectured and read at universities and colleges around the world, and has frequently been interviewed for film, radio, and television documentaries including VH1 s Behind the Music Cross is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestseller Heavier Than Heaven, 2005 s Room Full of Mirrors A Biography of Jimi Hendrix, the revealing Cobain Unseen, discussed here, and his most recent release, Led Zeppelin Shadows Taller Than Our Souls Cross is also Associate Editor of Backstreets Magazine, an internationally circulated quarterly that focuses on Bruce Springsteen and related Jersey Shore artists, which he also founded in 1980.Cross s interest in music stemmed from a very early age, taking in a range of music genres or, as he himself says, everything that was around at the time Asked what he listened to in particular, he named Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Carole King, James Taylor, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen as the acts that had the most influence on him growing up Being a huge fan of rock, Seattle was immediately a place Cross felt comfortable In one of his many articles that he wrote for the Seattle Times, Cross wrote Seattle has always had of an appetite for hard rock than other cities When I questioned him on this he stated that this was because it s a blue collar town with shipyards and Boeing plants that kinda blue collar fan has always liked to rock In particular, writing about Northwestern bands has always been hugely important to Cross Since he first began writing, he has been compelled to write about the bands that he truly loves When I asked him who were his favourite bands to write about or interview, he answered Well, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, definitely, but I also loved the Walkabouts, the Screaming Trees, and other underrated bands .Another thing that Cross has always been interested in is biography, especially writing about the lives of people in music His biographies on Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain provide true insight into the lives of both men, particularly the latter, which has been described as one of the most revealing and intimate accounts of one of music s most influential figures When I asked him what first drew him to this particular genre he replied I have always loved biography and reading things like the Charles Lindbergh biography by A Scott Berg and Titan The Life of John D Rockefeller definitely influenced me And of course Peter Guralnick s Elvis books When I spoke to Cross, he was fresh from reviewing the Soundgarden reunion gig at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle for Rolling Stone magazine When I asked Cross about the show, Soundgarden s first since their break up in 1997, he said it was exciting There was a sense of spontaneity , he added, that suggested anything could happen Cross also commented that although it was a great show , it also made him feel sad that we will never see a Nirvana reunion show.In the city that Cross calls home, it is impossible not to be reminded of the fact that Nirvana, one of the greatest and most influential bands the world has ever seen, are no As he stated in the opening chapter of Heavier Than Heaven, Cross lives less than a mile from Stan Baker Shooting Sports on Lake City Way, the store where the Nirvana singer and guitarist purchased the shotgun that was responsible for his death I asked Cross if that was unsettling, to which he replied It can be creepy I guess it can be both haunting and inspiring depending on the weather Regardless of the weather, Seattle is rife with reminders of Cobain and Nirvana, from the aforementioned Stan Baker s and independent record label Sub Pop to the many music venues scattered around the city where the band played whilst trying to make it big Cross and Nirvana s path first intersected in 1989, when The Rocket, which Cross was editor of at the time, did the first cover story on Nirvana Witnessing first hand their transition from underground band to being one of, if not the, most famous bands of all time is something that very few people can boast about When I asked him what his first impressions of the Nirvana were, Cross answered I liked them because of their pop side I, like everyone else in Seattle, thought Mudhoney would be the bigger band at the start I think one thing that s important for people to remember is that early on the band were pretty darn ragged They toured America five times before they became famous I certainly had followed the band very closely and saw them live a number of times I loved the early band stuff, was a big fan of the material from the beginning I also asked Cross about his first encounter with Cobain I was editor of The Rocket, which at the time was the music magazine in Seattle Kurt had actually used our magazine on at least three different occasions advertising for a drummer Every time Nirvana would lose a drummer, he d come in the office and place an ad Band seeks drummer So, I knew him casually from the scene .It was clear Cross had much interaction with the Nirvana frontman during his rise to fame but I was eager to find out what kind of relationship he had with Cobain Even as his biographer and someone who knew Kurt, I wasn t his best friend And I was editor of a music magazine We were always gonna have the kind of relationship where he was gonna be sort of suspicious He clearly respected what I did I had the benefit of a biographer of going through Kurt s personal effects and things He kept copies of my magazines and articles that I had done among his stuff That, I guess, is the ultimate compliment that a music star could pay a journalist So, I was respected in the world he was in .Cobain s death in 1994 affected people all over the world and will continue to be remembered as one of the most devastating days in music history Naturally, I asked Cross where he was at the moment he heard that Kurt Cobain s body had been found I was in my office at the Rocket I knew before it went public I was one of the first people to find out I had contributed to a radio show here in Seattle and when the electrician who was working at Kurt s house found his body, that electrician s company called the radio station I think the infamous words were, You re gonna owe me some great Pink Floyd tickets for this news That radio station called me before they went on air to see if they could confirm it because they knew I was sort of closer to that scene than they were So, I remember hearing the news to this day My reaction was, No It can t be Kurt But at the same time, it s part of the denial I knew it was him Everyone in the Seattle scene knew he had struggles I kept hoping that the body that was discovered would not be Kurt, that it would be mistaken and instead would be one of his drug buddy friends And of course, that wasn t the case It was heart breaking to get the news, just like it was for everybody who was a Nirvana fan .While researching and writing his books on Cobain, Cross was given access to the Cobain estate, allowing him the opportunity to sift through intimate pictures and personal items, many of which he included in Cobain Unseen I asked Cross about this experience Courtney controls the Kurt Cobain estate, which basically by an estate, is a bunch of stuff in a storage locker But she trusted me When I wrote my 2001 biography of Kurt, which pre dated Cobain Unseen, she gave me access to his material Cobain Unseen somewhat grew out of discussions around that book where I kept saying, the stuff in Kurt s locker is amazing stuff You ought to let the world see ithe was an amazing artist At one point she came to me and said, OK You can do the book So, I was given access to the archives, with no parameters put on the use of Kurt s stuff I also questioned Cross on whether it ever felt like he was delving too deep with his work, if he ever felt uncomfortable going though Cobain s things, to which he replied There were things I left out With every book, what you leave out is just as important as what you put in. In his journals, which were first printed in 2002, Cobain s struggles were clear for anyone to see, or to read about rather He battled with a chronic, undiagnosed stomach problem, he struggled with addiction and he was tormented by the demons of his past, particularly his parents divorce He also battled constantly with the pressures of fame, the idea of being completely exposed and feeling like he was losing most of his privacy by moving further and further into the limelight I was particularly interested in two contradictory statements Cobain wrote in his journals Don t read my diary when I m gone and Please read my diaryLook through my things, and figure me out I asked Cross which of these statements did he think was the most truthful and did he ever battle with the question of whether or not Cobain would have wanted his thoughts, words and drawings to be made available to the world I did, yes, but Kurt left his diaries out open on his coffee table so that said something to me One of the difficult things as a biographer was looking through Kurt s journals and seeing how often he would write about his addiction and essentially beg God to please help him with it He did not want to continue to suffer and basically wrote in his journals, God, I will do anything Please, please, please help me Unfortunately, that help did not come. As well as writing about Cobain, Cross has written extensively on Jimi Hendrix His book Room Full of Mirrors A Biography of Jimi Hendrix provides an in depth account of the life of the rock legend, capturing him perfectly During his research for this book, which included interviewing over 325 people, Cross rediscovered the place where Hendrix s mother, Lucille Jeter Hendrix, was buried which, oddly enough, lies only 40ft from where Hendrix himself now lies in Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington The gravesite of Lucille Hendrix was lost because the standard welfare marker of her day, an inscribed brick, became buried in decades of mud from the area s notorious heavy rains Cross delivered a moving eulogy for Lucille when a proper headstone was dedicated at the site I asked Cross how it felt to uncover something so significant Eerie My son was with me and he still talks about it and he was just a toddler at the time.Cobain and Hendrix had many things in common they both were left handed guitar players, both died at 27, had four year musical careers and had battled drug addiction They also both lived in Seattle, a city with one of the most notable music scenes in the world I asked Cross if he felt enough had been done to honour both men in Seattle The answer is no The city should honour them In the UK, they ve got their blue plaques we should have something like that here. The last thing I asked Cross was how he thought Kurt Cobain should be remembered, to which he replied Well, I think first and most importantly, he will be remembered for those songs I think that s the reason we re talking about him still today The quality of that songwriting I think will last and has lasted That is ultimately the way I think he will be remembered I think he will be remembered for creating this incredible body of work The circumstances of his death and all those other things matter far less now sixteen years later It s truly those songs and that music that is his legacy Kurt was very unique and that s the thing I think we miss now so long after his death The great sadness is that we can t hear that voice again That s the thing I miss It s sad for anyone who s a fan of the music Kurt was the biggest rock star in the world the year before he died Sixteen years later, I m not sure there is another rock star who is as enigmatic and compelling He remains one of rock s legendary figures There has not been one single figure that I think ranks with Cobain since his death That s not to say there aren t people putting out great records and there aren t people that I love their music, but there s nobody that combines that personal charisma, the musical quality and most importantly the songwriting genius that Kurt Cobain had That s the reason I think his legacy has endured. Charles R Cross still lives in Seattle He continues to write for numerous publications, both Seattle based and beyond.


  5. says:

    If you really like Cobain I hardly see how you can give this less than 5 stars It explores some territory where the Cross Biography of Cobain touches down a bit, which is of Cobain s personal items and collection as well as his artistic tendencies and skills It s quite clear Cobain had a zeitgeist energy and good eye for a particular bent of contemporary art, some of which is still being explored in 2011 Always on the leading edge, we imagine if Cobain was still alive today, his contributions to our generation would have probably included art not only in the form of his music talent and ability, but also in his curration, modification and probably production of pop art in contemporary society with a healthy ironic and self aware wink mixed with a dose of the demented and the damned The reproduction of some cool little items like home made Nirvana stickers in Kurt s handwriting and his note on something close to the feel of real lined notebook paper, make this book a cool little addition to a Kurt adoring fan Like me.


  6. says:

    I find it hilarious how some people take themselves so seriously writing reviews on here As if their lives or livelihoods dependent on it People can be very self absorbed about it all Listen to me My opinion matters And of course it does because it means people like me get opinions and access to books they wouldn t otherwise come across Then there are the people who take things to pieces for no reason apart to show how clever they are and are maybe uber resentful because they are not fulfilling their dreams of being professional writers It s kinda paradoxical A bit like Cobain, his life and this book He was interesting and cool but took himself too seriously, a bit like the reviews on this book If you are a nirvana and Cobain obsessive you will love this, that s pretty obvious If you are a nirvana fan but less interested in Cobain you will like it but maybe find it less engaging I love nirvana, as in the music, as I ve got older I ve got a bit bored of the folklore If you are new to nirvana or want to enter Cobains world, again, worth a look What I do not see the point of is none nirvana fans looking at this then whining about how rubbish it is afterwards Get a life for Christ sakes.


  7. says:

    I for a while have, currently do, and forever will have a deep infatuation with Kurt Cobain s life, music, and impact to rock roll history However, just as I will always like Nirvana, I will equally always dislike 50 percent of this book I get that he was a phenomenal artist, using than one artistic outlet, however, I don t buy into the significance Cross attributes to his obessive collecting of board games and lunch boxes I recommend ignoring the text, geared towards a middle school audience, and allowing Cobain Unseen to sit on your shelves as a diehard fan s scrapbook.


  8. says:

    Charles R Cross has done an amazing job capturing Cobain s essence and conveying it in a way you can t help but fall in love with Although, if you re like me, guilt may come across your mind while reading this along with Kurt Cobain s Journals , as basically everything about this book is an insane intrusion of privacy This book is a wonderful source for anything personal you had ever wished to know about Cobain.


  9. says:

    I just looked at the pictures This was too deep of a look into Cobain s life The public shouldn t be able to view shitty letters he never sent and personal affects from his wife, among other things Courtney Love obviously cooperated with this, but I didn t care for it I felt like I was gaping I have to admit though that photographs of Cobain remain arresting It s hard to look him in the eye so to speak because every look on his face appears too open.


  10. says:

    I dig the whole feeling of this book Full of an insider s view as to the musical genius and tortured soul that was Kurt Cobain.This book collection offers a look at the man behind the music the life behind one of the most influential bands in contemporary music.The reproductions of nostalgic pieces such as art pieces, flyers, CDs of spoken word material, letters to band members, etc are an added bonus to anyone wanting to delve deeper into the nostalgic experience that was Nirvana Kurt Cobain.An easy read collectively gathered and told through the words of Charles Cross, Kurt Cobain those who knew him, the art, family photos, photoshoot outtakes, and random clippings of promotional material that makes up the history of Kurt Cobain Nirvana.I would also reccoment reading Charles Cross biography on Kurt Cobain Heavier Then Heaven for insider info on Cobain


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