Hey I saw the books you were reading on Kurt Cobain, and I wanted to say that there are also the Cobain Journals, which are a publication of his own personal notebooks. Idk if you read them or not but its literally a photocopy of the notebook page so nothing is edited out, it's entirely his writing :)
Yes, I have that book. I’ve read it, but I need to read it more intently. I just wonder what wasn’t included, and for what reasons.
I’m up to chapter six in Heavier Than Heaven. I feel like such a traditional Cobain fan.
Anyways, so far things are fairly straightforward, but still, there are a lot of weird assumptions about Kurt’s private thoughts, and who knows where Cross drew from (I’m saying maybe he got access to Kurt’s private childhood/teenage journals, or, maybe he’s just adding crap in order to tell a “good story”).
I don’t know if I can say “oh, he’s painting Kurt in a negative light”, because, I mean, these first chapters are using family, friends, and teachers as sources, but then again, anyone can say anything they want about him now, because he can no longer speak for himself. I mean, the things that his friends, or people who were in contact with him say that he said… well it’s basically hearsay, and there’s no way of knowing if he said it or not. Saying that Kurt said something to you that alludes to his potential fate gives that person their five seconds of fame (I’m referring to that “go out in a blaze of glory like Hendrix” thing, that his friend claimed he said). Plus, the fact that Courtney was so heavily involved in providing content for this book, and in monitoring what went into it, I can imagine that certain things were left out, and certain things were emphasized, even in the early chapters.
One can say that because of this, Come As You Are is the most trustworthy book, because at least he was alive during it’s publication. Then again, you can also say that because he was alive, he made his drug habit less than it was. I really don’t know, and all I can say is that although I’m frustrated, I’m going to continue reading Heavier Than Heaven, and then I’ll re-read Come As You Are, and try to figure this guy out.