Michael Azerrad Releases The Book The Amplified Come As You Are The Story Of Nirvana #HeliumRadio
“Kurt screams in a code that millions can understand. He communicates in the same scattershot, intuitive way that his generation has been trained to assimilate and to express information, thanks to the usual litany of tens of thousands of hours of television advertising before they were even able to read, lousy schools, the glut of the information age, video games, etc. Kurt’s lyrics make unusual sense of chaos. When he screams “a denial, a denial” over and over again at the end of “Teen Spirit,” it’s something that is understood on a deep level. And either you get it or you don’t. It clearly draws the lines, even as it deals in universals. And it’s one of the most transcendent moments in rock music.” – from the book In 1993, a young rock journalist named Michael Azerrad published Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, an era-defining deep dive into Nirvana at their peak. Invited to write the book by Courtney Love, and with Kurt Cobain’s blessing and the front man’s promise he wouldn’t make him change a word, Azerrad set out to tell the true story of the revolutionary band. Thirty years on, Azerrad has revisited the book he wrote back then, re-examining and illuminating what he originally reported, and providing essential glosses on the band’s musical, cultural and historical contexts. The result is a thoroughly original book: THE AMPLIFIED COME AS YOU ARE (Harper One; October 24, 2023), a deluxe hardcover edition that fascinatingly “amplifies” the iconic bestseller.