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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
Aug 19, 2010 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it did not like it
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
Jan 18, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noi volevamo solo dare a quegli stupidi ragazzi dell'heavy metal (ragazzi come eravamo stati noi) l'abbozzo di un nuovo modo di pensare e 15 anni di musica emotivamente e socialmente rilevante e tutto quello che abbiamo avuto sono state grida di scandalo, coltellate alle spalle e i Pearl Jam.

Penso che questo libro sia stato, da parte dell'industria dell'informazione, l'ennesimo abuso della figura di Kurt Cobain.

Dal punto di vista editoriale si tratta di un prodotto vergognoso.
a) per via dei co
Scarlet Cameo
Apr 18, 2016 Scarlet Cameo rated it liked it
Shelves: rc-16
"It's hard to decipter the difference between a sincere entertainer and a honest swindler"

Kurt Cobain, the one who change a generation and transcended the dead...was a really complex man. He saw his live in a really dark and sad way, but at the same time, somehow, he was positive about the future, but the world turned his back.

Are two things about this book, first isn't exactly a journal, in fact there are letters and excerpts from the actual diary, but not complete. This is bad? No, i feel a
C.V. Hunt
Jun 03, 2011 C.V. Hunt rated it it was amazing
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
Conrad Zero
May 14, 2007 Conrad Zero rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2015 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in_libreria
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
Jan 29, 2008 Sunil rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2012 Meggan rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
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
Jun 05, 2016 Lotus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Hadeer Abdelahad
Jun 12, 2013 Hadeer Abdelahad rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2016 Somya rated it it was amazing
This was a gift to me by my best friend on my 18th birthday. I'll always remember that insignificant birthday because of her.
May 20, 2009 §-- rated it liked it

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
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
Dec 13, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
This is a lower rating simply because I don't really know how to rate it. Yes, I bought this book because I am a HUGE Nirvana fan. Yes, I bought it back in my early teenage years where I was mildly (ok, maybe unhealthily) obsessed with Kurt Cobain. Now it just feels dirty and wrong to read it. Needless to say, I don't have this one displayed out in the open on my bookshelves. Respect for Kurt.
Chris Freeman
Oct 12, 2007 Chris Freeman rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 10, 2016 Simone rated it did not like it
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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
Aug 23, 2012 stupidus rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
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
Apr 08, 2011 Natalie Pietro rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, table-top, poison
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
Mar 13, 2015 Passant Lotfy rated it it was amazing
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
Marck Rimorin
Nov 14, 2015 Marck Rimorin rated it it was amazing
Reading someone's diary will always be an uncomfortable thing, especially if that person is an icon of a generation who is a study in self-destruction. For those of us who know Kurt Cobain's story, we know the elements of depression that came with his ultimate fate: despondency, drug addiction, the ups and downs with life in love and life on the road with one of the world's most phenomenally successful bands. Yet these journals—written in Kurt's own hand—show that story from Kurt's very own eyes ...more
Jul 22, 2012 James rated it liked it
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
Jan 23, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Nov 29, 2008 Felisa Rosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography, music
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
Mar 11, 2009 Amber rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2016 Mohamad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's military grade uranium. It's an 84 karat diamond. It's the apple of Eden.
May 05, 2015 BookCupid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
Nic Leach
Mar 09, 2016 Nic Leach rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I thought this collection of journal entries provided an interesting look at who Kurt Cobain really was. It was all from his point of view so you get to see him as a man, a very talented man, and not as some sort of myth.

Plot: This book was just a collection of archived journal entries from Kurt Cobain. Obviously because of this there is no plot. What it does provide is a testament of how passionate he was of not just his music but the music world around him. It also showed t
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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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