Kurt Cobain's Journals - Pete's unexpurgated review from The Observer newspaper
November 7, 2002 5:49 PM   Subscribe

Kurt Cobain's Journals - Pete's unexpurgated review from The Observer newspaper The Who's Pete Townshend offer a balanced view of Cobain's 'Journals'. He describes it as 'sensationlist rock necrophilia' but recommends it be read to see what the human spirit can do to itself - if addiction is involved.
posted by skinsuit (15 comments total)
Another link - the rather interesting editorial from the NYTimes this morning.
posted by whatzit at 6:13 PM on November 7, 2002

more cobain discussion
posted by quonsar at 6:16 PM on November 7, 2002

"Nevermind, their first album, often makes the top place in 'Best Album Of All Time'"

Fanboy, no, but I gave up after this...

(long time lurker, first time poster btw... hoo fecking ray)
posted by toby\flat2 at 7:06 PM on November 7, 2002

You gave up on teh article? Too bad, it's quite good.
posted by josh at 7:09 PM on November 7, 2002

I hope I die before I become Kurt Cobain
posted by dogwalker at 7:11 PM on November 7, 2002

I promise to read it properly in the morning...
posted by toby\flat2 at 7:18 PM on November 7, 2002

Did you give up because they said it was the best album of all time or because Nevermind isn't their first record?
posted by stifford at 7:19 PM on November 7, 2002

Really a very interesting analysis. Thanks for posting the link, skinsuit. I'd never have found it on my own.
posted by eilatan at 7:45 PM on November 7, 2002

Townshend writes some interesting stuff, albeit infrequently, in his online diary.
posted by staggernation at 8:09 PM on November 7, 2002

I didn't get the lurker comment. The NYTimes article was excellent.
posted by xammerboy at 8:47 PM on November 7, 2002

I recall a cartoon in Mad Magazine which was ripping off Lollapalooza, and they were talking about how Eddie Vedder must hate Kurt Cobain because he will always be remembered as a tragic genius meanwhile in 30 years time Pearl Jam are gonna be belting out Jeremy in Disneyland for all their middle age fans.
posted by PenDevil at 12:41 AM on November 8, 2002

I could swear I've seen these ramblings somewhere before. Courtney Love sold them, after all.
posted by hama7 at 1:28 AM on November 8, 2002

what the hell does pete townshend know about rock music? isnt he the one who went on with the "who" tour three days after the bassist of 30 years died in a hotel in vegas? isnt he the one who hasn't put out a decent record in 25 years? isnt he the one who said that he was really a woman?

hell, now i hope i die before i become pete townshend.
posted by tsarfan at 2:21 AM on November 8, 2002

nytimes login: metafilter101 - pass: metafilter

Does anybody know the pass for the existing "metafilter" account?
posted by Icestorm at 2:28 AM on November 8, 2002

Pete Townshend knows plenty about rock music and in no small part because he was a co-creator of what is one of the absolute best rock records of all time, Who's Next. All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes and White City are also superb solo albums. I won't link all these to Amazon here, these are all well-known I believe.

Personally I was skeptical as to how they could continue, but I went to one of the shows right after John Entwhistle died and Pete and Roger explained that of course everyone grieves in their own way and that's part of why they decided to play. They also made clear that they felt they had a responsibility to all the people employed as part of that tour and to the families that these people had to support. They talked alot about John during the show and told stories and it ended up being a very moving show.
posted by Woolcott'sKindredGal at 12:57 PM on November 8, 2002

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