Title: Who Killed Kurt Cobain?
Author: Ian Halperin and Max Wallace
Page Count/Review Word Count: 289
Let’s face it, there are plenty of books on the market about the life and times of Kurt Cobain, with some focusing on his music and some focusing on his troubled personal life. This one, however, is a little different – it focuses on Kurt’s death and, in particular, on the theory that a third party was involved. The authors believe that Kurt didn’t commit suicide – it was murder.
Personally, I don’t believe that theory at all, despite the hordes of Nirvana fans who do – most of them suspect Courtney, and I guess they have their reasons. The best thing to do, if you’re interested, is to read this book and to discover the evidence that the authors have gathered, and then to see if you agree with their point of view.
And so in some ways, the book is participatory – by the end of it, you’ll be ready to make your own decision about what happened in that greenhouse, back in 1994. In many ways, if the authors manage to get you to think about it, even if you don’t subscribe to their point of view, then they’ve still done their job.
There are a lot of smaller positives to go with the book, too – the print is fairly large and easy on the eyes, the jacket is pretty cool, and there are even some rare photos of Cobain included inside it. It’s also one of the flagship ‘Kurt Cobain’ books out there, and I should know because I’ve read most of them. A great read for a fan, but maybe not so much if you’re not.