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In Utero by Gillian G. Gaar
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Aug 28, 2007

it was ok
Recommended for: nirvana fans who need minute details
Read in August, 2007

this was the first book i've read from the 33 1/3 series and i'm not all that impressed. i guess the writer has written longer pieces on nirvana and is probably fairly entrenched in the band's camp, as she worked on the box set, but her writing was dull and i didn't learn much, other than the order in which they recorded the album IN UTERO. that is not a fascinating read. i did like the steve albini interviews and learning that "scentless apprentice" was based on the book PURFUME, about a murderous purfumery apprentice who was obsessed with capturing virgin girls' scents (ewww). i understand that the author didn't want to turn it into a countdown to kurt's suicide or a gossipy tell-all, but it's not convincing to say "some people close to kurt were not liked by his bandmates" and leave it at that - we all know who you're talking about anyway, you may as well elaborate a little, and if the reason you're not elaborating is because you're friends with courtney love, then you're not the right person to be writing this book.

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