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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  9,677 ratings  ·  391 reviews
The lyrics notebook and personal journals of Kurt Cobain, iconic singer of the band Nirvana.

Kurt Cobain filled dozens of notebooks with lyrics, drawings, and writings about his plans for Nirvana and his thoughts about fame, the state of music, and the people who bought and sold him and his music. His journals reveal an artist who loved music, who knew the history of rock,
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Riverhead Books (first published 2002)
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Anne Chafer I agree with most of what's said in the two previous answers, but I also think (I have to state that I still haven't read it though) one of the most…moreI agree with most of what's said in the two previous answers, but I also think (I have to state that I still haven't read it though) one of the most important things to consider when deciding to read it or not, is what has the author to say about it. And based on one quote I saw which has been taken from one of his notebooks, he wanted someone, someday, to read it all.

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Sarah Jacquie
I've been a Nirvana fan since 1993, and after 1994 I collected all the unfortunate articles, magazines, books, and everything you could think of. I was sad, confused, and most of all lost. I still remember 1994 like it was yesterday and it has stayed with me... but life moved on and you either went on or as a few people I've sadly lost, didn't. It stayed with you though, no matter how much you had moved on. It was like a dark spot in the back of my mind that I kept to myself, or only thought abo ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
The fact that this book exists:

1) makes me never want to trust anyone ever ever EVER again.

2) leaves me with even less faith in love than I had before I flipped through it. (Don't worry. I watched Imagine afterward and felt much better.)

3) makes me want to throw up in my mouth a tiny bit. Okay, a lot. Rivers.

4) reminds me that the first time I saw it, it was on a display with a Kurt Cobain action figure. I believe this speaks for itself.

5) makes me want to sock Courtney Love. And I'm non-violen
Conrad Zero
May 14, 2007 Conrad Zero rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: True Fans of Nirvana
Shelves: non-fiction
Have you ever seen a 'serial killer' movie when they find the secret hideout of the bad guy, and inevitibly there are newspaper clippings tacked to the walls, drawings, quotes, pictures, etc...

Well, cross that with your High School Underground Notebook and you have Kurt Cobain's Journals. It's full of doodles, sketches, and lyric work on Nirvana songs. It also has drafts of concert fliers, notes to friends and some diary entries and rants. This was one of many journals made by Kurt Cobain, but
C.V. Hunt
To anyone who is not a Nirvana fan - I don’t know why you are even bothering to look at this. Read no further.

For those who ARE Nirvana fans, tread forward with caution.

This book was an insightful look into one of the most beautiful minds that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing as it unfolded. People talk about where they were, or what they were doing when great catastrophes happened in the world. Laugh if you want, but I still remember where and what I was doing when I heard that Kurt
Though the book is a capitalistic marketing of an icon I could not resist buying it. I wanted to know if he was the same person I had reckoned him to be through his songs. When I finished the book , I had realised how incredibly daft and supremely beautiful was his passion for music. The book is an excellent journey of affect through passion and how it burns you out if left on its own.
Ettore Pasquini
Jul 26, 2015 Ettore Pasquini added it
Shelves: music
Well, as I expected I felt pretty dirty reading these diaries. Not as bad as watching the Montage of Heck garbage though: the hand-writing at least connects you to a form of reality. 'Cause let's not forget that "Cobain was a master at jerking your chain".

In any case, this book is for die-hard fans only: it's a non-book with a young man's private notes, including a few letters to some of his friends, drawings, lyrics, plus one or two interesting reflections about drug usage.

Cobain's drive and d
0/5. I just don't understand this Cobain guy. He slams his Mead "The Spiral" notebook on a scanner bed, collects a check, and calls it a day. Not even inviting a pompous rock journalist to write an introduction. How am I supposed to know what he means by "THE OLD SCHOOL IS GOING DOWN FAST, FUCK FACE" without Kurt Loder voice overs to interpret for me? I sorta sense that he is angry at baby boomers. But I don't know why. What's wrong with recycling "Louie Louie" and "GeeEllOhArEyeAa" over and ove ...more
Non sono mai stato una persona molto prolifica, perciò quando la creatività passa, passa sul serio.
Mi trovo a scarabocchiare su taccuini per appunti e fogli sparsi, ma finisce che solo una minima parte dei miei scritti raggiunge una vera forma. E’ colpa mia, ma il sopruso peggiore che ho patito quest'anno non sono state né le esagerazioni dei media né i pettegolezzi da pollaio, ma la violenza ai miei pensieri personali, strappatimi durante i miei soggiorni in ospedale o nei viaggi in aereo o in
The low rating is NOT due to the journals content (how can you rate something like someone's journals anyhow?!) but more so to the fact that I didn't feel good about reading someones personal thoughts not meant to be shared. I also suspect I likely would have enjoyed this a lot more back in the 80's.

I finally decided to get this out at the library out of curiosity I guess but now wish that I hadn't...I mostly skimmed it, read a bit of it more in depth but it just seemed really so very personal a

Reading this the second time felt a lot different from when I read it back in 2003 when it came out. I have always been a big Nirvana fan; I remember liking them while they were still together. Back in 2003 I was pretty obsessed, so I bought this book.

You might expect that it's cruel to do so, but it appears that Cobain was writing with the assumption that someone would read it. In places, he tells the reader what to feel, gives disclaimers, and even gets defensive.

Perhaps I am saner than I was
Hadeer Abdelahad
I'm not really into reading autobiographies of musicians specially if it's the personal thoughts of a dead man who didn't want it to be published .. But my curiosity let me get over the remorse of conscious ..
In the first pages the book describes the early beginnings of nirvana .. to the prime of their glory days
It also shows the overwhelming influence of heroine over Kurt's life , music and mental health and how his drug addiction was enhanced by his stomach condition .. He wasn't one of thes
Brandon Dalo
Instead going into a review of Nirvana, let me just stick to reviewing these journals themselves. They are the legitimate journals of the late Kurt Cobain, and also included are various drawings, lyrics of his, and letters he wrote to other people. All of these are scanned up so that you see the original pages as they were.

The first thing I want to mention are how private they feel, and how you almost feel guilty for peeking into them. Even the front of his notebook says, “If you read you’ll ju
C'è da dire questo: crescendo e ampliando i miei gusti musicali, è andata a finire che dei Nirvana mi è piaciuta più la loro immagine e ciò che rappresentavano, più che la loro musica. Oddio, ad essere onesto, nemmeno la loro immagine mi piaceva granché, però Kurt Cobain l'ho sempre visto come il Jim Morrison degli anni '90: più un filosofo da quattro soldi, che un cantante. Forse sarò odiato per quanto dirò, ma non mi interessa. Rispetto per la genialità dell'artista nel saper tirare fuori qual ...more
Chris Freeman
Oct 12, 2007 Chris Freeman rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans, Non-Fans
Ok when i first heard about this, I thought it was a cheap pandering to the fan-boys. But it is totally worth it. It's more than just scrawled song lyrics. It's really pretty intimate. The voice of a generation was just as confused as the rest of us. I guess we knew that already, but here are the details.
Beeeeeeeeeeeeautiful. I got to read it at the library. Mum doesn't want me being 'inspired' by Kurt.
Too late..
Journals is all about Kurt Cobain and his life before and during Nirvana. Throughout the book are drawings and song lyrics and just simple journal entries by Kurt. There's everything from band drama to song titles and album art and t-shirt graphics. There are also some really deep things about Kurt and his past that showed good things and bad.

After reading "Journals" I got a really good look into Kurt's views and ideas. He had many views against racism and was pro equality. He was also a very ta
Kurt apparently never wanted to see his journals to be published. Then again the man was a walking contradiction. Be that as it may, "Journals" offer an insight to Kurt's world.

( Besides, an asshole who shoots himself in the head, leaving behind a daughter and a wife, not to mention band members and other friends, has no moral rights to make any demands as far as I'm concerned. )

Still, it's assuring to know that like most lyricists/poets Kurt honed his lyrics too. In 99 cases out of 100, they al
Natalie Pietro
I had very mixed feeling about this book. Yes they are Kurt Cobain's personal journals that shouldn't be read but he stated in his journal "Don't read my diary when I'm gone. OK, I'm going to work now, when you wake up this morning, please read my diary. Look through my things, and figure me out." So part of me says yes its okay to read them but the other part says stay back they are his personal thoughts. However anyone who keeps a diary knows one day when they are gone their diary will be read ...more
Passant Lotfy
Okay, just to be clear I felt like an immoral bastard while reading these journals but then again "Don't read my diary when I'm gone. OK, I'm going to work now, when you wake up this morning, please read my diary. Look through my things, and figure me out." So part of me said yes its okay to read them but the other part said stay back they are his personal thoughts, idk
Anyways, I found this incredible, his thoughts about sexism, rape and racism, media, politics along with everything else fascina
I remember being so excited when I found this at a book store; Kurt Cobain has always been a hero and almost sort of a friend to me. Going through it was sort of a paradox. On the one hand,these journals were extremely interesting, of course. Kurt's songs, letters, reflections,drawings, and even his political beliefs are rolled into here, and I by no means regret reading them soley due do that. Nonetheless, I felt really weired reading things that are so personal and private. I defintely think ...more
This is the mans private journal, something that should never ever have been published. I avoided reading it for years because I think it's disgusting that anyone is able too frankly but eventually my fan side gave in. I was surprised , a lot of the journal is about record deals and boring business stuff like that, so there isn't too much for a subscriber to the "cult of personality" to indulge in.

For the rest of us though, I will say this, it is heart wrenching and wildly interesting at times
Felisa Rosa
I remember when this book came out I couldn't afford it, and I stood in the Olympia mall reading it from cover to cover. I felt bad--I was pretty sure Kurt probably wouldn't have wanted these published, but at the same time there was the voyeur's thrill of snooping through someone else's private thoughts. I always feels sorry for people when their private journals are published posthumously; I tend to write in my journals and notebooks when I'm feeling down and I can only imagine what a distorte ...more
My boyfriend lent me this book to read. It was kind or strange to be reading a dead man's journals. Kurt could really draw. This made me understand that my boyfriend and I really do have different taste in music.

It took me a long time to read this book. I would read a few pages and then put the book down. The reason being it man me think about what I read for days, then I would pick it up again and think some more etc.

I really enjoyed that then scanned the pages of this journals that way you co
Kurt Cobain's journal -- what secrets does it hide?

Cobain lived and breathed punk rock. He actually made favorite song lists over and over. But mostly he just rants about how too much TV is ruining artists, about expressing yourself, about sometimes writing lyrics that are just that -- lyrics -- not a crazy subliminal message to be taken seriously. The best part is to see the first writing copies of smell like teen spirit and other hits.

And then .. comes the bad part. Often Sometimes, Cobain wro
Anything that has someone known as "Retard Fucker" in it has to be good. And it wasn't private as some may think, he left it out on the table for whoever wanted could read it.
Edison Moy
This massive collection of Kurt Cobain's personal journals is utterly breath-taking. Imagine entering the mind, the ideas, the dreams, the delusions of another human being. Then put that into perspective while reading this book, as you venture through the honest life of Cobain himself.

I would recommend this book to everyone who is interested in Kurt Cobain or Nirvana, for it clearly sheds a light on the mysteries and visions of this inspirational man. While it obviously lacks a plot, or a story
It was perhaps the most insightful document I've ever come across in the subject of Nirvana and Kurt Donald Cobain that I have ever read, quite obviously because it was written by the man himself.

This was given to me as a Christmas present and will forever be cherished as such, but without having that gloss over, it led to very sad realizations: That Cobain was a very troubled and sad individual. All the rage and desperation you could hear in his music was genuine, it mirrored Cobain's struggle
Mary Louise
This book was equal parts fascinating and disturbing. I did have to overcome a sense of guilt over reading the journals of a man who is no longer with us, a man who most likely didn't expect (or want) them to be publicly released. That said, these journal entries provide an insight into Kurt's mind and thought process. I loved seeing early workings of song lyrics, I loved the random doodles. There are angry moments, sad moments, and snippets of joy (an entry that mentions the joy Frances Bean ha ...more
By reading this book I was hoping to get a sense of the type of person Kurt Cobain was. I loved Nirvana as a teenager (I even had a t-shirt with the picture on page 207 on the back of it) and I am intensely interested in seeing the inner workings of the minds of artists I admire. In this book, I got a sense of Cobain's personality, but overall the book disappointed me. There is no introduction to offer context on the life of Cobain or the career of Nirvana. The pages of the 'journals' are not da ...more
I was torn between two main thoughts: I am reading someone's personal diaries after he passed away (not ok) and I love the insight into his mind, thoughts, ideas, lyrics (very ok).
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Kurt Donald Cobain, was an American musician who served as lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Seattle-based rock band Nirvana.

Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 with Krist Novoselic. Within two years, the band became a fixture of the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene. In 1991, the arrival of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" marked the beginning of a dramatic shift of popular rock music awa
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