Saturday, May 01, 2010

Come As You Are


Come As You Are by Michael Azerrad
Michael Azerrad's unauthorized biography of Kurt Kobain and his band Nirvana is a definitive account of rock music's adventure into mainstream American culture in the 1990's. The book was first published by Doubleday Books in September of 1993 just seven months before bandleader Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, alone in a Seattle home in April 4th 1994.

The book characterized Kurt's formative days as a kid and then as a struggling musician as a self-described magic marker sniffing "hanger-on" within a growing music scene that fluctuated in and out of suburban Seattle. Early alt-rock in Seattle was dominated by bands like the Melvins and was fostering the very beginnings of Sup Pop (who produced "Love Buzz" in '88), Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

Cobain spent his teenage years doing menial 3rd shift janitorial work and spending his weekends wandering the city streets before picking up a guitar with a wide range of influences from punk and independent rock.

Courtney must really love me - she bought me this 12 gauge and a bottle of gin!

Azerrad's subsequent book, Our Band Could Be Your Life released in 2001 was a collection of profiles of thirteen prominent indie rock bands of the 1980s and early 1990s, including Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Minutemen and The Replacements.


References:
Wikipedia, Michael Azerrad
Wikipedia, The Story of Nirvana

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