Letters to Kurt

By Eric Erlandson

"Nearly twenty years after the loss of life of Kurt Cobain, a pal and fellow musician not just maintains to mourn his suicide, but in addition rages opposed to the tradition that he holds dependable. those fifty two 'letters' . . . mix the subject material of the Byrds' 'So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll superstar' with the fury of Allen Ginsberg's Howl . . . A catharsis for the author and maybe for the reader as well."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A touching and enlightening number of prose poems addressed to [Erlandson's] departed friend."
--The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Erlandson ultimately involves phrases along with his loss in fifty two prose-poem letters ostensibly addressed to Cobain within which he straightforwardly confronts his internal demons whereas providing own reflections on foodstuff, drug abuse, demise, and self-sabotage."--Booklist

"The reverberations of Kurt's suicide final to today, and feature touched the lives of many. Dozens of individuals may have written their very own model of this bracingly candid publication; Eric Erlandson has written one, jam-packed with rage and love, landmined with element, which can stand for them all."
--Michael Azerrad, writer of Come As you're: the tale of Nirvana

"Eric was once the spirit-boy within the Nirvana/Hole dynamic. Quiet, bemused, clever, and interestingly intuitive to the ability of hugging the satan, to assert we are going to all be ok . . . Eric expresses how mesmerizing Kurt used to be, how the full scene was once, together with his considerate, radical adult/prose love. bring about the longer term, darling."--Thurston Moore, musician

"Eric. He was once continuously there: supportive, watching, within the thick of it. Hidden in undeniable sight . . . with out him, i cannot think Seattle or L.A. or a dozen different areas. This ebook is gorgeous, brutal, short. Happy-sad eloquence. Boy Scouts fidgeting with the complimentary cologne within the middle of the ghost city. take heed to the guy. He knows."
--Everett True, writer of Nirvana: The Biography

Letters to Kurt is an anguished, indignant, and soft meditation at the octane and ether of rock and roll and its many moons: intercourse, medications, suicide, reputation, and rage. it really is half Dream Songs, half Bukowski, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, and the conflict. Rants, reflections, and gunshot fill those fifty-two prose poems. they're uncooked, humorous, unhappy, and looking. it will make a stunning publication for a person who enjoyed Nirvana and gap and the time and position while their song replaced every thing. eventually, it really is an elegy for Kurt and the "suicide idols" who tragically fail to discover salvation of their outstanding music.

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