Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain Audiobook, by Danny Goldberg Play Audiobook Sample

Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain Audiobook

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Read By: Danny Goldberg Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062898661

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50:37 minutes

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11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

24:38 minutes

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On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death comes a new perspective on one of the most compelling icons of our time—and the only book written by someone who knew him.

In early 1991, top music manager Danny Goldberg agreed to take on Nirvana, a critically acclaimed new band from the underground music scene in Seattle. He had no idea that the band’s leader, Kurt Cobain, would become a pop-culture icon with a legacy arguably at the level of that of John Lennon, Michael Jackson, or Elvis Presley. Danny worked with Kurt from 1990 to 1994, the most impactful period of Kurt’s life. This key time saw the stratospheric success of Nevermind, which turned Nirvana into the most successful rock band in the world and made punk and grunge household terms; Kurt’s meeting and marriage to the brilliant but mercurial Courtney Love and their relationship that became a lightning rod for critics; the birth of their daughter, Frances Bean; and, finally, Kurt’s public struggles with addiction, which ended in a devastating suicide that would alter the course of rock history. Throughout, Danny stood by Kurt’s side as manager, and close friend.

Drawing on Goldberg’s own memories of Kurt, files that previously have not been made public, and interviews with, among others, Kurt’s close family, friends, and former bandmates, Serving the Servants sheds an entirely new light on these critical years. Casting aside the common obsession with the angst and depression that seemingly drove Kurt, Serving the Servants is an exploration of his brilliance in every aspect of rock and roll, his compassion, his ambition, and the legacy he wrought—one that has lasted decades longer than his career did. Danny Goldberg explores what it is about Kurt Cobain that still resonates today, even with a generation who wasn’t alive until after Kurt’s death. In the process, he provides a portrait of an icon unlike any that has come before.

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“Although much of what is here is well-known—Cobain’s early days in Seattle’s underground music scene, his marriage to Courtney Love, his heroin addiction and tragic suicide—Goldberg was a crucial member of the band’s inner circle and, thus, offers unique insights.”

— Booklist 


  • “As soon as I started reading I got sucked in and I couldn’t put it down…Any music fan should want this book. Any Nirvana fan must have this book.”

    — Joan Jett
  • “Fans of Cobain will devour this recollection of life with the artist.”

    — Library Journal
  • “In this loving remembrance of the troubled Nirvana songwriter and frontman, the band’s former manager explores Cobain’s creative genius and personality…This is a worthy addition to the growing canon of books on Cobain.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Precisely rendered…An intimate perspective on Cobain’s short life.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg is the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit and Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. Since 2007 he has served as president of Gold Village Entertainment, whose clients include Steve Earle and Against Me.