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More than a decade after his death, alienated, awkward, heavily eye-lined Kurt Cobain continues to sit front and center in the arena of popular culture, as the subject of books, music, fashion, gossip, and inspiration for major motion pictures and documentaries. Together with flannelsporting, music-obsessed communities emerging (in the late 1980s and early 1990s) from the ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2009)
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Nov 20, 2009 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like to look at black and white photos of punk kids smoking in the late eighties
Borrrrrrrrrring. And I still love Nirvana's music and even some of the Cobain mythology. All the recollections about the early 90s are painfully dull and repetitive to me at this point. I'd rather just watch a powerful performance of "Drain You" or something on YouTube than listen to people remind themselves about how Nirvana's popularity changed the pop-cultural landscape for the 80 zillionth time.

I was embarrassed to be holding this in the book store, but I reflexively pick up things with pict
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Lawrence Alba
May 10, 2012 Lawrence Alba rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who LOVE GRUNGE / PUNK ROCK of course.
I am a big fan of Nirvana. I have been seeing this book in Google each time I search for Grunge Music / Kurt Cobain / Nirvana. One day, I was in a small books store that sells secondhand books, books by independent publishers, and the like. I was actually looking for "Heavier Than Heaven" then. They have it but it is too costly. It was sold at Php 3000+. It’s almost $70.00. It's expensive because it has the author's signature. Well, I don't really need the author's signature. All I want is the b ...more
Bridget
Nothing new or innovative here.
Tricia
Aug 21, 2012 Tricia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anti-fashionistas
This book tells you less about the grunge music scene itself and instead illustrates the fashion (should I say anti-fashion?) with a variety of black and white, reasonably impressive photos. The band biographies were short but informative, and I'm generally using it to refer to for new music ideas. You'd be disappointed if you picked this up to learn more about the bands and their backgrounds, but as an illustrated music anthology it's not bad at all. There are some very pretty pictures of Kurt ...more
Melissa Lee-tammeus
I got this as a Christmas gift and I love it. The time of grunge was a wonderful space and the trip down memory lane actually made me cry. The photographs capture the fashion, temperament, and a spirit that I think is long gone now. This book should definitely be a part of anyone's collection who knows what I mean when I say "heart shaped box," ever wore ripped jeans with thermals underneath, and felt a hole in their heart when Kurt Cobain passed away.
Stacy
Dec 23, 2009 Stacy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grunge-lovers
Grunge is a great collectors item for anyone entranced by the Pacific north-west American music scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Text introducing the book, written by Thurtson Moore, a veteran of the scene and photographs by Michael Lavine, the most notorious photographer of the grunge period make this book a great pleasure to look through.
lucy by the sea
Thurston Moore's introduction was lame but I really like photos of people and these ones are well done even if you don't like the grunge scene. It did make me feel a bit uncool though.
Brittany
Gorgeous collection of photographs of a truly inspiring era, would've loved if their was a bit more in the reading department though!
Anthony
Interesting collection of pictures from the Grunge period.
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Thurston Joseph Moore is an American musician best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth. He has participated in many solo and group collaborations outside of Sonic Youth, as well as running a small record label.
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