News on Kurt Cobain, TMBG, Harry Connick Jr.
"Journals," a hardcover book replicating the diaries of late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain is near completion and will go on sale Nov. 11, Riverhead Books co-editorial director Julie Grau tells Billboard.com. "It's a replica of his notebook pages," she says of the full-color volume. "We have excised any thought of editorial intrusion. This is pure, unadulterated, Kurt Cobain."
The diaries consist of 23 notebooks and 800 pages of writings and drawings, dating from before Nirvana's 1987 formation to around the time of Cobain's April 1994 suicide. Excerpts appeared for the first time in Charles Cross' Cobain biography, "Heavier Than Heaven," published last summer by Hyperion. "The important thing is that these journals represent Kurt Cobain's life and his thoughts," Grau told Billboard.com in February. "This is a book that is going to stand on its own. It's by Kurt Cobain. There's no point comparing it to anything anyone else has written, because these are his words."
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