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Teen Spirit: The Stories Behind Every NIRVana Song

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This lavishly illustrated book, featuring 90 color and black-and-white photographs, tells the story behind every track on each of Nirvana's five albums. Why did Kurt Cobain write "Polly", his graphic anti-rape song? What is "Teen Spirit"? Who is Floyd the Barber? As Chuck Crisafulli answers these questions he chronicles Nirvana's rise to fame and the emergence of grunge. 9 ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published November 19th 1996 by Fireside Books
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Damon Lively
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a quick read. Not a ton of information – although some parts are revealing. It is more an illustrated history – which I was not certain until I ordered the book. You really need to be a fan of Nirvana or versed in the history (most importantly the music itself) to get any appreciation from the book. There were things about songs that I never did know – which was fun to read and understand. There were other areas where it really just glossed over particulars and didn’t give much detail ( ...more
Steven
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a great introduction to the band if you hadn't read anything else about Nirvana. In fact, you'd find yourself in a kind of nirvana as you read all the secret back story behind the songs. On the other hand, if you've read anything else about Nirvana, you quickly recognize how everything written about the band prior to this book's appearance has all been repurposed and cleverly repackaged to create these song biographies. Cobain loved "taking the piss" on journalists and lot of the " ...more
HeavyReader
Jun 23, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain
Recommended to HeavyReader by: Cassidy
Shelves: music
Cassidy sent me this book when he was done with it. He really likes Nirvana. I like them too, but not as much as he does.

This book was interesting, but I wish the lyrics to every song that the reader gets the story behind were included here. That's right, we get the story of each song, but not the lyrics to each song. In fact, we don't get the lyrics to any songs. What's up with that? You'd think a book about Nirvana's songs would include the song lyrics, but no.

Oh well.
TrumanCoyote
The writer is another one of these Rolling Stone apprentice guys, so you have to put up with that for the duration. And the blurbs about the songs don't really seem to say all that much, or to add too greatly to one's understanding.
Maria
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Must read for Nirvana fans. Sometimes enlightening and at other times, tedious.
Lisa Mcbroom
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nirvana set the music industry on fire when their albums debuted in the late 1990's. This tome explains the reasoning behind the songs that were written.
Erick
Nov 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
better than the other one I read
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Yeah, I was obsessed from about age 12-13. I remember learning about Williams S. Burroughs and the book Perfume through this book.
Erick
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Quite interesting, Kurt had no idea Teen Spirit was a girl's deodorant.
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This is a really good book to read if you are interested in knowing all about Nirvana's songs.
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