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Live Through This is the inside story of the grunge phenomenon, that began in Seattle, found its peak with Nirvana, and took over the alternative rock scene around the world. The book features exclusive interviews with members of Nirvana, Hole, and Soundgarden among others, alongside tour managers, crew and even nannies - many of whom have refused to go on record since Cob Live Through This is the inside story of the grunge phenomenon, that began in Seattle, found its peak with Nirvana, and took over the alternative rock scene around the world. The book features exclusive interviews with members of Nirvana, Hole, and Soundgarden among others, alongside tour managers, crew and even nannies - many of whom have refused to go on record since Cobain's tragic suicide in 1994. The author, Everett True, was a frequent house guest of Kurt and Courtney's in Seattle and the only journalist allowed within the house at the time of Kurt's death, or invited (by Courtney Love) to the funeral. True's style of writing and often controversial opinions will be well known to readers of Melody Maker. His recollections of excess, shared passionate love of music and grunge's personalities make for rollercoaster reading.


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Live Through This is the inside story of the grunge phenomenon, that began in Seattle, found its peak with Nirvana, and took over the alternative rock scene around the world. The book features exclusive interviews with members of Nirvana, Hole, and Soundgarden among others, alongside tour managers, crew and even nannies - many of whom have refused to go on record since Cob Live Through This is the inside story of the grunge phenomenon, that began in Seattle, found its peak with Nirvana, and took over the alternative rock scene around the world. The book features exclusive interviews with members of Nirvana, Hole, and Soundgarden among others, alongside tour managers, crew and even nannies - many of whom have refused to go on record since Cobain's tragic suicide in 1994. The author, Everett True, was a frequent house guest of Kurt and Courtney's in Seattle and the only journalist allowed within the house at the time of Kurt's death, or invited (by Courtney Love) to the funeral. True's style of writing and often controversial opinions will be well known to readers of Melody Maker. His recollections of excess, shared passionate love of music and grunge's personalities make for rollercoaster reading.

30 review for Live Through This: American Rock Music in the Nineties

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Rock journo Everett True has produced a bunch of self-indulgent, egotistical, rambling recollections of the nineties music scene. Basically it’s Everett talking about himself and glorifying all the minor bands of the era and slagging off most of the greats. He calls Foo Fighters ‘a pale imitation of former glories’ and ‘dull and mediocre’. Then takes it a step further by personally insulting Dave Grohl with ‘As a front man Dave makes a great drummer.’ Mr True finds Alice in Chains is ‘dull and mor Rock journo Everett True has produced a bunch of self-indulgent, egotistical, rambling recollections of the nineties music scene. Basically it’s Everett talking about himself and glorifying all the minor bands of the era and slagging off most of the greats. He calls Foo Fighters ‘a pale imitation of former glories’ and ‘dull and mediocre’. Then takes it a step further by personally insulting Dave Grohl with ‘As a front man Dave makes a great drummer.’ Mr True finds Alice in Chains is ‘dull and morbid’ and said Pearl Jam had a ‘butt kissing attitude and inexcusable arrogance [that’s rich!] and were ‘merely a LA hair band like Poison or Motley Crue, given a fresh set of clothes and a bad hairstyle. The rant continues with his critique that their albums were ‘tame, unchallenging and ordinary rock albums’. He then spends 7 pages telling us why he doesn’t like Smashing Pumpkins and dismisses the RHCP as ‘represent[ing] all I loathe about rock.’ In the whole book only 6 pages are devoted to Soundgarden, with no insightful comments to be found, the only noteworthy quotes coming from Ben and Kim. True dismisses Badmotorfinger as ‘....merely a continuation of their overriding regard for Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s fretwork.’ The final nail in the coffin for me, was his comment about Chris Cornell’s Euphoria Morning which called it ‘an ill-advised stab into Billy Joel territory’. I could happily punch him in the face for that one. Recommendation – Read it if you are stranded on a desert island and have nothing better to do.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Frawley

    If you like your trawls through music history to be more about the bands than the author then this book won't be for you. And there were plenty of times I really wanted Everett True (not his real name) to just shut up. But his ability to capture the people, the music, & the times held me to the end. There were plenty of bands I knew about or had heard - Nirvana, Sleater-Kinny, Bikini Kill, Soundgarden, Babes In Toyland, Butthole Surfers, Beastie Boys, Meat Puppets, Throwing Muses, Jon Spencer Bl If you like your trawls through music history to be more about the bands than the author then this book won't be for you. And there were plenty of times I really wanted Everett True (not his real name) to just shut up. But his ability to capture the people, the music, & the times held me to the end. There were plenty of bands I knew about or had heard - Nirvana, Sleater-Kinny, Bikini Kill, Soundgarden, Babes In Toyland, Butthole Surfers, Beastie Boys, Meat Puppets, Throwing Muses, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Hole - but many more I did not know but enjoyed learning about. True has a real passion for this music &, as a music journalist, got to meet & even interview many of the people involved in rock during the 1990s. He even became friends with Kurt & Courtney. Which gave him more opportunities to write about himself. However, his coverage of Nirvana & Kurt was insightful & moving enough to excuse the author's narcissism. Not for all tastes but recommended nonetheless.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jarkko Nevalainen

    Some parts are ok, some not so much. The writer takes too big role in this play and it gets really boring really fast. Missed opportunity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    There is nothing like the wit and sarcasm of a British 90's rock journalist but Everett True is something else. His reviews during the 90's were memorable, unaffected,sometimes rambling, always entertaining and sometimes scathing. He called out phonies better than what Holden Caulfield did [although I do disagree with him in regards to Beck].Nothing quite beats his story about the 90's because it praises the musicians that actually deserve to be unveiled-K records, Beat Happening,Pavement, Babes There is nothing like the wit and sarcasm of a British 90's rock journalist but Everett True is something else. His reviews during the 90's were memorable, unaffected,sometimes rambling, always entertaining and sometimes scathing. He called out phonies better than what Holden Caulfield did [although I do disagree with him in regards to Beck].Nothing quite beats his story about the 90's because it praises the musicians that actually deserve to be unveiled-K records, Beat Happening,Pavement, Babes in Toyland, Guided by Voices, Throwing Muses and The Wipers. Those bands were what 90's indie music was about. It had nothing to do with the Smashing Pumpkins or Pearl Jam. Everett True knows what good music is for the most part even if he is a bit of a namedropper [then again he did spend a lot of time with Courtney Love!]. The index of recommended listening in the back is worth the cover charge alone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Farley

    This english writer was there. There is no doubt about it. American rock music in the nineties and the whole grunge movement and the resulting success, this man was there. An absolute for all Nirvana fans, but great accounts also of The Breeders, Babes in Toyland and Dinosaur Jr, but more importantly he accounts what comes across as an almost professionally compromising and incestuous relationship with one Courtney Love.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris Estey

    I love Everett True!

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