Serving the Servant

Remembering Kurt Cobain
. Apr. 2019. 9780062861504. Ecco: HarperCollins. index.

On the 25th anniversary of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain’s untimely death, Goldberg (Bumping into Geniuses) emerges with a reverent memoir about his years working for Cobain, Nirvana, and Cobain’s polarizing wife, musician Courtney Love. Goldberg joined the Nirvana family a year before their swift rise to fame. As manager, he facilitated the deals that would move the grunge band from Seattle’s indie label Sub Pop to major label Geffen Records. Goldberg is effusive in his admiration for his subject as an artist and a man and devotes considerable attention to Cobain’s feminist and pro-LGBTQ activism as well as his love for daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The Nirvana front man comes across as deeply conflicted between his desire to have his art appreciated by the masses and his need to uphold his punk ideals while withstanding the pressures of sudden, immense fame.

VERDICT Fans of Cobain will devour this recollection of life with the artist, even when it gets heavy on the business and legal side of the story. [Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

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