Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 9, 2004 - True Crime - 304 pages
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A stunning and groundbreaking investigation into the death of one of the great rock icons of our times -- revealing new evidence that points to a terrible conclusion.
On Friday, April 8, 1994, a body was discovered in a room above a garage in Seattle. For the attending authorities, it was an open-and-shut case of suicide. What no one knew then, however, and which is only being revealed here for the very first time, is that the person found dead that day -- Kurt Cobain, the superstar frontman of Nirvana -- was murdered.
In early April 1994, Cobain went missing for days, or so it seemed; in fact, some people knew where he was, and one of them was Courtney Love. Now a star in Hollywood and rock music, in early 1994 she was preparing to release her major label debut with her band, Hole, and what she knew then, though few others did, was that Cobain was planning to divorce her. Love & Death paints a critical portrait of Courtney Love; it also reveals for the first time the case tapes made by Love's own P.I., Tom Grant, a man on a mission to find the truth about Kurt Cobain's demise; and introduces us to a number of characters who feature in various theories about plots to kill Cobain. In addition, Cobain's grandfather goes public, charging that his grandson was murdered. Drawing on new forensic evidence and police reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the book explodes the myths that have long convinced the world that Cobain took his own life, and reveals that the official scenario was scientifically impossible.
Against a background of at least sixty-eight copycat suicides since 1994, award-winning investigative journalists Max Wallace and Ian Halperin have conducted a ten-year crusade for the truth, and in Love & Death they are finally able to present a chilling and convincing case that each and every one of these suicides was preventable -- and in doing so, they call for this case to be reopened and properly investigated.
 

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You can dismiss this is a conspiracy theory, but the tapes of Courtney's own conversations do not make her look good at all. WAY too many coincidences right down to Love's friend the coroner. Very interesting read. Read full review

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Kurt was an amazing individual for his time. He was well ahead in his thinking and creativity. Here it is 2016 and mental illness is a common disease among us all. Which in turn is also becoming a recognized character very familiar, at least in my opinion. So my point here is that although Kurt may have portrayed some low times in his life I still believe in my heart he was just hurting from his parents and the past.
NOT SUICIDAL, he just wanted someone to understand. I feel essspecially in the 1990s there was absolutely no one to understand that type of disposition of someone. Of course he was quiet, who was even willing listen? When trauma happens it is not easy to explain because everyone experiences trauma at different levels.
I love that even now people are still looking into his life. AMAZING! (Very smart Kurt)
This book Love and Death and also the movie soaked in bleach were meant to be!
It is a must read book.
 

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Max Wallace is a recipient of Rolling Stone magazinešs Award for Investigative Journalism; he is also a documentary filmmaker. In 1998, he coauthored the international bestseller Who Killed Kurt Cobain? with Ian Halperin. He is also the author of Muhammad Ališs Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay vs. the United States of America, and The American Axis: Ford, Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich. His first documentary film, Too Colorful for the League, was nominated for a Gemini Award (Canadašs equivalent of an Emmy). Max has been a guest columnist for the Sunday New York Times, and contributed to the BBC.

Ian Halperin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain, and Whitney & Bobbi Kristina, among many other biographies. He is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker, having directed and produced several films, including the documentaries Gone Too Soon, Chasing Gaga, and The Cobain Case. Halperin regularly appears on television and radio to share his perspective on celebrity culture.

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