.

Cobain Journals Due in November

Collection of lyrics and other writings fetches seven-figures

February 26, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Riverhead Books, an imprint of the Penguin Putnam Publishing Group, has purchased the rights to publish Kurt Cobain's notebook journals in a reported multi-million dollar deal. The hardcover volume will reach bookstore shelves in November.

The collection of twenty-three notebooks includes more than 800 pages of lyrics, other writings, lists of favorite musicians and drawings, made its first rounds among book publishers last week, before landing with Riverhead.

"The journals are an intimate, unadulterated portrait of an artist of great influence," said Julie Grau, co-editorial director of Riverhead. "They reveal Cobain's vision and design, they document his creative and personal struggles. They are insightful, provocative, moving, funny and show him to be very smart and very aware."

The Riverhead book won't be the first peek at the late-Nirvana frontman's journals. Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, granted writer Charles R. Cross full access to the notebooks for his biography, Heavier Than Heaven, which was released last year.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com