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I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana

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I Found My Friends re-creates the story of Nirvana, from its earliest days in 1987 to its sudden end seven years later, through the words of the musicians and producers who played and interacted with the band. Soulsby interviewed over 200 musicians from bands that played and toured with Nirvana, including well-known alternative bands such as Hole, Mudhoney, Meat Puppets, B ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Melissa Rauch 1) Why Nirvana? As you mention in the last chapter (found on, there were several similar stories floating around musicians during this…more1) Why Nirvana? As you mention in the last chapter (found on, there were several similar stories floating around musicians during this time, what made Kurt and Nirvana stick out for you?

2) Do you think the gun in the photo shoot with Youri was symbolic of anything in Kurt's mind or was it simply a prop?

3) Forgive me for getting a bit morbid, but after so much research on the man and the band, what is your take on his reason for taking such a drastic action at the height of his career?

4) Follow up question from #3, how do you think the band felt when they realized not only had one of their best friends died so horrifically, but that their careers could also be at risk?

5) I'll understand if you'd like to skip this one, but what is your take on Courtney Love after all of this?

Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing any answers you may provide. Best of luck to you in all future endeavors. Love your work, I will be picking up my copy on release day! - Melissa
Nick Soulsby Hey ya Ashley - delighted to hear it and I hope it'll live up to expectations. Simple desire on my side never to do anything to do with Nirvana unless…moreHey ya Ashley - delighted to hear it and I hope it'll live up to expectations. Simple desire on my side never to do anything to do with Nirvana unless it's something that would thrill me if I gave it a shot. Here's hoping its as good as I think it is. March 31 release date.(less)

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Niklas Pivic
But Kurt was super-quiet … He was just one of those guys who would walk by and you just wouldn’t notice him right off the bat. One day in school he passed up a note to the girl behind me; she passed it to me and it said, “Will you teach me to play guitar?” I told him, “Yeah, no problem.” But it never happened.

This is really a whole lot of quotes from a lot of different people, bundled together in chapters, all about Nirvana, collected from the beginning until the end (i.e. after Cobain's life en
Christina Moore
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book will be an immediate must-read for any true Nirvana fan. Soulsby interviewed 200+ musicians who toured with and knew Nirvana and Cobain, from the beginning (February 1987) to the bitter end (April 1994). The compilation of recollections is thrilling to read for a music nerd, but for less enthusiastic fans, the often fuzzy memories of aging rockers may become tedious reading. I would have loved more discussion from Soulsby between chapters, or perhaps just more of an author's recap afte ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Anyone who is a fan of Nirvana will love this book!
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this after reading Greg Prato's 'Grunge is Dead: An Oral History of Seattle Rock Music' and Mark Yarm's 'Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge' and it makes an excellent companion piece to both of those books.

In fact, I think ‘I Found My Friends' works better if you read both of those books prior to reading this one. I understand that's a bit of an undertaking, but the seemingly-tangential relationship many of the figures quoted in this volume have to Nirvana makes a lot mo
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
Out of the the books I've read the most lately the two genre has been fantasy and music these are areas that I have never read in the past.

I enjoyed this book because of it's style and how it deals with a time when I wasn't following music that much and had no knowledge of the grunge scene or sound. Nivrana was just a name that I had heard but really didn't know what the music was. So I learned what Nivrana and Kurt went through in those years to get to the top. But what makes it interesting i
Peter O'Connor
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this straight after the excellent Heavier than Heaven bio from Charles R. Cross. I am not sure how I Found My Friends would measure up as a stand-alone read as it may be a bit disjointed but if you know the story already then it is an excellent companion volume. Most of the accounts are from members of support bands and bystanders of the era who offer their own unique take on events. I was fortunate enough to see Nirvana in Melbourne in '92 so the handful of eyewitness accounts and backst ...more
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Ashley Cameron
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nirvana, one of rock history's greatest bands, started as two simple guys in Washington. Through this book, author Nick Soulsby gets to a more intimate side of the history of the band. Using interviews from other musicians and people who knew them from the start, he tells the story of how the band came to be, their rise to stardom, the struggle to find the right drummer, the drug abuse, emotional trauma, and ultimately the demise of the band following Kurt Cobain's tragic death.

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Not sure how I feel about this one. Yes, some of these people knew the band, but how many times did I read, "I didn't know Kurt well but he seemed..."

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...because calling it "I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Bands from the Pacific Northwest in the Early 90s with a Major Emphasis on Nirvana" would have bordered on ridiculous.

I love Nirvana, always will. I don't l
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, first-reads
A great take on a scene history -- the entire book is made up of snippets of interviews from other bands who were around at the same time (and/or knew) Nirvana. While it does give some insight into Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, it's more interesting as a primer of the Seattle alternative scene in the late '80s/early '90s. This is not an ode glorifying Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, or grunge; in fact, many of the interviews are critical of one or all three of the topics. The patchwork of interviews gives a co ...more
Stacy Fetters
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Being a 90's kid, I was all about the Seattle scene, a little grungy and fucking over the system. This book is so much more than a Nirvana book. It goes into great detail about the entire career of Nirvana with also giving you a behind the scenes look at how grunge came to be. Be it releasing an ep or going on tour. How they all survived on nothing. This will also show you the other side of Courtney Love we all know was inside of her. An evil jealous
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
I really loved this book.This takes the idea of oral history, usually used to tell fables and applies to Nirvana. It is well detailed including the early years before Nirvana settled on a name. While focusing heavily on Nirvana, it also talks mentions other bands like the Melvins, Screaming Trees, Soundgarden,Sonic Youth and so many others that were part of the "Grunge" scene. If you like Nirvana, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It also contributes to the history of other lesser known bands ...more
Gabby-Lily Raines
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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While I can't say I've ever been a rabid fan of Nirana, the group is a part of my late teen years. Always having a liking for music from a variety of genres with a core of rock, Nirvana struck a chord.

I Found My Friends provides an interesting insight into the band's background through the recollections of their contemporaries.

It is, in it's own way, a study in perceptions. What the public may have thought or deduced as opposed to how others behind the scenes saw the same incidents.

What would ha
Pippa Jones
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great book to understand how Nirvana exploded into the music scene from the bands that were there. I dont pretend to know tons about the band, but it has definitely sparked my interest in the 90s seattle sound. . I honestly like the album Bleach the most. I think this book is great as it does not focus so heavily on Cobains heroin addiction and focuses on the music and his love for it. Also, not many books focus on how the drummer changed numerous times before choosing Grohl, which I think is ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is really effective at conveying the creativity and camaraderie of the Seattle (Tacoma/Olympia) music scene during the rise of Nirvana. Smart move of author Nick Soulsby to interview so many musicians of all levels of fame to achieve this. I did start to skim after a while, looking for Soulsby's comments to provide larger context and meaning so I guess I would have liked the balance to tip a little more heavily towards more of that and a slightly smaller percentage of interviews. Overa ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love history of rock bands. I was really happy with my heavy metal boy bands of the 1980's, some of which are still together. Then I remember in 1987 MTV started showing Nirvana and the garage/grunge music. This is a good history if this band. I cannot stand this type of music myself, I find it depressing. But the band sure had talent.
Michelle Ella
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First I would like to say that I received a free copy of this through Goodreads First Reads. I really enjoyed this book because although I am a fan of Nirvana, it gave me more information and depth of what they were like. It was neat to see how different people talked about them and their thoughts. It is definitely a book I would recommend to any Nirvana fan.
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