Kurt Cobain: Alternative Rock Innovator
This informative title highlights the life of Kurt Cobain. Readers will learn about Cobain's background and his role in the formation of the groundbreaking band Nirvana. Cobain's unstable childhood in Aberdeen Washington is detailed as well as his drug and alcohol use. Cobain's early musical work is discussed, as well as his formation of Nirvana and his collaboration with Dave Grohl and Chris Novoselic. Nirvana's albums Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero are introduced, as is the band's breakout hit Smells Like Teen Spirit. Cobain's courtship with Courtney Love is included, as is their marriage and the birth of their daughter Frances. Cobain's descent into heroin addiction is included, leading to his death by self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 27. This book includes details of Cobain's life and covers the controversies surrounding his life and death.
Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
|Grade 6 - Grade 12
|JNF007040, JNF053030, JNF053040
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|Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
|Full-color illustrations, 1-color illustrations
|6.25 x 9.25
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Lives Cut Short Set 2 - School Library Journal
These books trace the lives of pop-culture notables from childhood to their sudden deaths, and the personal and professional triumphs and troubles in between. The narrative history has an informative tone, balancing opinions and quotes from the subjects and insiders close to them, and critics’ views, along with important facts and milestones. The books convey a sense of what made these performers legendary, how they influenced others, and why their legacies endure. The authors provide helpful context to the eras in which they lived. . . . Large color, captioned photographs appear throughout, and sidebars supply helpful background material. These up-to-date biographies should find an audience in middle and high school collections. While the books maintain that the tragic ends do not diminish their subjects’ accomplishments, the authors neither romanticize nor glamorize these lifestyles marred by substance abuse.
Lives Cut Short Set 2 – Booklist
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Lives Cut Short Set 2 – Booklist
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Lives Cut Short Set 2 (Top Ten Celebrity Biographies 2012) – Booklist
Stars who died prematurely often lend themselves to particularly intriguing biographies. This series is solidly researched and impressively written, and information in sidebars and boxes helps give context and explanations to the main text.