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Heavier Than Heaven

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Heavier Than Heaven
First edition
AuthorCharles R. Cross
CountryUnited States
Publication date
August 15, 2001
Followed byRoom Full Of Mirrors - A Biography Of Jimi Hendrix 

Heavier Than Heaven is a 2001 biography of musician Kurt Cobain, the frontman of the grunge band Nirvana. It was written by Charles R. Cross.

For the book, Cross desired to create the definitive Cobain biography, and over four years conducted 400+ interviews; in particular, he was granted exclusive interviews and access to Cobain's private journals, lyrics and photos, by his widow Courtney Love.[1] Notably, neither Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl nor Cobain's mother contributed to the book.[2]

Cross took the name "Heavier Than Heaven" from a tour Nirvana did with the band Tad in the United Kingdom. The lead singer, Tad Doyle, was very obese; the name which was thought up by the tour promoters, was meant in part to poke fun at the inaccurate idea that Tad alone weighed more than all of the members of Nirvana put together.

The book as property

David Benioff was hired by Universal Pictures in October 2007 to write a screenplay based on the Charles R. Cross biography. Courtney Love will serve as executive producer with Marc Forster showing interest in directing.[3][failed verification] As of December 2021 there is no news on whether or not the movie will be released.


"One of the most moving and revealing books ever written about a rock star."― Los Angeles Times

"Thorough, definitive."―The New York Times

"Heavier Than Heaven sets a high, new standard."―Rolling Stone

"As engrossing as a good novel. A remarkable portrait."―Entertainment Weekly

"Definitive...Cross untangles the soul of a man."―USA Today

"Charles R. Cross' definitive biography of Cobain traces his life story via more than 400 interviews, and intimate access to the Nirvana frontman's private journals and lyrics."―Entertainment Weekly, Your Complete Kurt Cobain Reading Guide


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