First released in 1993, Come as You Are by Michael Azerrad is a magnificent book about one of the greatest rock bands in history, Nirvana. From hours of intimate interviews with all band members (Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl), Azerrad dug out many unknown stories (some were true, some might be not) about the band from the band members themselves. Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana stands out among other Nirvana or Kurt Cobain books because it is the only one that delivered personal interview with Kurt and published before his death.
In the early 90’s, Nirvana brought the much needed refreshment in the music world, especially rock ‘n’ roll. Having their roots in the punk scene, Kurt, Krist, and Dave successfully broke the boundary and brought grunge from the underground to the mainstream media. As with most legendary rockstars, Nirvana’s journey were wrapped with stories of struggle when they just started the band, the revolutionary music that became their breakthrough, and the outrageous lives during the peak of their success. And Michael Azerrad’s personal interviews with the band members make his presentation of those stories special.
Cover and Details of Come as You Are by Michael Azerrad (PDF)
- Title: Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana
- Author: Michael Azerrad
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press
- Date Published: September 1, 1993
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385471998
- ISBN-13: 9780385471992
Summary of the Book
irvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell nearly five million copies of their landmark album Nevermind, whose thunderous sound and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion, frustration, and passion of the emerging Generation X. Come As You Are is the close-up, intimate story of Nirvana—the only book with exclusive in-depth interviews with bandmembers Kurt Cobain, Krist Noveselic, and Dave Grohl, as well as friends, relatives, former bandmembers, and associates—now updated to include a new final chapter detailing the last year of Kurt Cobain’s life, before his tragic suicide in April 1994.
Reviews of Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana
My favorite book about Nirvana. For one thing, it doesn’t sensationalize, but it doesn’t gloss anything over. Having been active in the Seattle music scene throughout Nirvana’s obscurity, fame, and demise, I can vouch for the accuracy of its description of the music community in the late ’80s and early ’90s and Nirvana’s role. And being in a band that’s currently climbing the ladder, I appreciated the many lessons this book has to offer about the workings of the recording industry.
Best of all, because this book was written before Cobain’s death, it is not tinged with the “isn’t this tragic” attitude that permeates many books about Nirvana and Cobain. Instead, the book is vibrant with the energy, excitement, and passion that swept local musicians the day “Nevermind” was released, local audiences in the months after, the U.S, and—lest we forget—the world, during Nirvana’s more-than-15-minutes of fame. (Amazon.com Review)
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