Author: Kurt Cobain
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Retail Price: 9.99
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Putting aside the obvious moral corundum of disrespecting a dead man’s wishes by invading his privacy to make an easy buck off him, Journals is an interesting read. I’m not a huge Nirvana fan, but I did get a voyeuristic kick out of perusing his handwritten rants, unsent letters, drafted lyrics, rambling diary entries, and assorted recipes, scribbles and doodles.
That is not say Journals is essential in understanding Kurt – his music was just as effective in that regard. There’s nothing in this book to shed any new light on his complicated personality, though time will tell if that’s just a result of Courtney Love’s selectivity.
Journals is put together nicely and works as a really morbid coffee table book. But to ease your guilt of exploiting Kurt’s death to make Courtney’s wallet thicker, while still satiating your curiosity, I would recommend simply borrowing it from a library.
Bottom Line: One man’s anguish another man’s coffee table book.