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Review: 'Nirvana: In the Words of the People Who Were There'

BY MARKOS PAPADATOS
JUN 21, 2014

"Nirvana: In the Words of the People Who Were There" is a book by award-winning entertainment and music journalist Carrie Borzillo.
It was published in hardback by Andre Deutsch on April 5, in an effort to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the untimely and tragic death of Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain, who was recently inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (along with his iconic group members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, during their first eligibility year). This biography really sheds light into the life of Cobain, and by the end of the 223-page book, one really gets to know him on an intimate level, by the people that knew him best.
The book also included their selected discography, in chronological order, which is an added bonus. The original photos that are featured in the book of the acclaimed rock band, enhance its authenticity and appeal.


It is written in time-line form (with exact dates) and it includes all of the significant events in the chronology's of the band's life (from the days of their inception), as well as the happenings after Cobain's death (and it attempts to clarify the myths that followed, including the suicide note that was found near his body).
Similar to the death of any major musical entertainer, it explores the statistics and the spike in sales for all of their albums after Cobain's passing, and it closes with a moving quotation for their former manager.
The Verdict
Overall, Nirvana: In the Words of the People Who Were There is one raw and powerful book, where Borzillo has done an excellent job writing and outstanding researching, to the point where she truly captures the conscience of the rock legend quite well. It is no wonder that Cobain is still talked about to this day and the majority of the people on this planet know who he is. Without giving too much away, Borzillo tackles all of these events with sincerity and authenticity, and I commend her for not sugarcoat anything.
While Cobain does leave behind a relatively small body of musical work, compared to most Hall of Famers, the impact he has made in the rock music scene is tremendous, and felt by fans worldwide. It is recommended for all fans of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana and rock music, and no matter how die-hard of a Nirvana fan one may be, they are found to learn many few facts about Cobain and his group, after reading this captivating book.
This fascinating biographical account garners 4.5 out of 5 stars (the only downside was that its font size is a bit small, making it difficult for the average reader to read, but other than that, it is a stellar book).
A book of this caliber is one that every music journalist and music writer can only dream of one day writing. In fact, being a veteran music and entertainment journalist myself, it has inspired me to someday write a musical biography myself.
For more information on this book, and Carrie Borzillo's other works, visit her official website.