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
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.
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
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