Saturday, January 24, 2009
What really happened to Kurt Cobain?
The book "Love & Death" by Max Wallace and Ian Halperin digs into the mysterious happenings around the death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. Although officially ruled a suicide, there has been wide-ranging speculation that indeed Kurt was murdered and this book makes you think that this could be possible. Wallace and Halperin do some impressive investigative journalism as they divulge (through their findings) the psycopath nature of Courtney Love. The stories they lay out about the relationship between Courtney and Kurt, as well as the overall behavior of Courtney leading up to Kurt's death make you wonder not only about her mental state, but also what she was capable of. However, the book comes off as if Wallace and Halperin were dead set on the idea that Kurt was murdered and tried to mold their investigation to fit this theory. Although Courtney is crazy, I have doubts that she was able to go from rock star wannabe to criminal mastermind. I recommend this book to any music fan interested in the history and turmoil surrounding one of the most influential rock and roll musicians of the 20th century.