Nirvana The Chosen Rejects

Kurt St. Thomas with Troy Smith

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

320 Pages



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In 1992, Nirvana's breakthrough anthem, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," introduced a new underground sound to America's mainstream music scene. The record-breaking sales and global recognition that followed should have been a welcomed payoff for the hard-working punk band. Instead, bright optimism quickly faded into bitter dissatisfaction, as the famous trio became conflicted about their unexpected success, and about having an audience that was the epitome of everything they had attempted to rebel against.

Indeed, the band's sonic catapult from obscurity to international stardom, and their chart-topping overnight success, effectively changed the face of rock music worldwide. Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects cites a wealth of sources, including personal interviews with band members Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, in order to reconstruct Nirvana's meteoric rise—and the subsequent fall of Cobain, their deeply troubled lead singer. The books offers much insight on the musical influences that helped nurture Nirvana's seminal sound, the stories behind the creation of their albums, and the ideas that shaped their songs. It also contains a comprehensive discography and an A-Z listing of every Nirvana song that has been officially released.


Praise for Nirvana

"When Kurt Cobain died, fans proclaimed him the generational equal of John Lennon . . . Ten years later, St. Thomas and Smith offer a more nuanced assessment of Cobain and his band Nirvana's career . . . The inner torture that drove Cobain to suicide may be unknowable, but the book provides some reasonable insights."—Booklist

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  • Kurt St. Thomas with Troy Smith

  • Kurt St. Thomas is a former radio programmer and an award-winning filmmaker who runs his a film production company. He lives in New York City.

    Troy Smith works in the radio industry and lives in Cape Cod.