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Here We Are Now

The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
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Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter?

On April 5, 1994, 27-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated relationship with fame, his tortured soul - all these elements came together in one terrible moment in Seattle, and the landscapes of music and pop culture were forever changed. Two decades have passed since Cross, a Seattle-based editor and writer and early supporter of Nirvana, lived the horror of that day on the front lines, fielding the phone calls as the media descended upon his city, desperately searching for an exclusive on the death of yet another young rock icon.

Here We Are Now attempts to answer where we - the fans, the music business and fashion industry, the addiction and recovery communities, Kurt's family - are, two decades later.

Cobain's life and work can be seen everywhere, from his indelible marks on music to his more subtle influence on gender and gay rights, the way we view suicide and drug addiction, and the very idea of Seattle as a cultural hub. Nirvana's music has touched multiple generations, and while the world has changed considerably since Nevermind was first released, in 1991, the status of that album only grows as years pass. Cobain and Nirvana are now part of a rite of passage through adolescence, and while "teen spirit" may have changed and evolved since the early '90s, the music remains authentic all the same. Simply stated, Kurt Cobain changed the cultural conversation in his all-too-brief life, and even after his shattering death. With interviews and commentary from all corners of the pop culture universe, from the people who knew Cobain to those who continue to help his legend grow, Here We Are Now explores what a singular life meant, and how that meaning can be measured, when and if it can be.

©2014 Charles R. Cross (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not a Biography, a Legacy

This is not a biography of a Kurt Cobain, but rather various discussions on aspects of culture that have been impacted by the life - and death - of Kurt Cobain. Some of it is quite slow going, such as the fashion chapter, but otherwise it’s a fascinating and quick read with a few personal stories and lesser known facts. My favourite part was the in depth discussion of addiction and suicide. One issue I found though, was that the narrator can speak a bit too quickly on occasion, causing me to have to go back and catch certain words and sentences.

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A true one of a kind musical genius.

Such a waste of true never to be equalled talent.
A very moving , personal & well thought out account.

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  • J. Falba
  • 20-01-17

Boring!!!!!

Really no one cares about the album ratings of different magazines, groups or year. We all knew he had talent. Book was published just to make money off of him?? hmmmm I would rate a ZERO if I could.

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  • Rebecca F.
  • 11-06-15

An amazing afterword on culture post Cobain

Great book as aways by Chalres R. Cross. Anyone who read "Heavier Than Heaven" must read. I don't think there is a better expert on Kurt Cobain as a subject. Most book/movies falsely portrait Cobain mystical images of Cobain that are in accurate to say the least. I applaud Mr. Cross In giving such an accurate portrayal of the person not the myth of Kurt Cobain.

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