Serving the Servant

Serving the Servant➽ Serving the Servant Download ➺ Author Danny Goldberg – Bluevapours.co.uk On the twenty fifth anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death comes a new perspective on one of the most compelling icons of our timeIn early 1991 top music manager Danny Goldberg agreed to take on Nirvana On the twenty fifth anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death comes a new perspective on one of the most compelling icons of our timeIn early 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 to the most Serving the Kindle - 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 friendDrawing 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.

Danny Goldberg is president and owner of Gold Village Entertainment an artist management company; former CEO and founder of Gold Mountain Entertainment; former chairman and CEO of both Mercury Records and Artemis Records; former CEO of Air America; and freuent contributor to the Los Angeles Times The Nation Huffington Post Dissent Billboard and many other outlets He is the author of In Sea.

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  • 304 pages
  • Serving the Servant
  • Danny Goldberg
  • 12 November 2016
  • 9780062861672

10 thoughts on “Serving the Servant

  1. Nick Younker says:

    Goldberg reminds us that massive success for an artist isn't the only thing that goes down as legend It's the view from just outside that person breathing fog rings on a window and sucking them away listening through the aging panels that do little good keeping the noise in A rare glimpse inside the mind of a cautionary tale Too big too fast He didn't need to have serious chats with Kurt to know how he struggled why he struggled or how intense his struggle was He lived alongside another human being empathy strong as ever feeling a hint of his pain seeing a glimpse of his vision Vice versa No one's gonna accuse him of being his brother or his father But he was there helping him get it done I think I appreciated Goldberg’s own point of view and his own happenings as much as I did Kurt's It's not always the star that goes down in history ‘cause in this book this is Goldberg this is HIS story Respect

  2. Kristin says:

    Serving the Servant by Danny Goldberg is a first hand account on the Seattle grunge movement that catapulted a contemplative Kurt Cobain into superstardom And suicide Deeply damaged by his meteoric rise to fame and drugged out of his mind Cobain’s tragic death 25 years ago has forever changed the music industry and remains a cautionary tale for all seeking the seductive spotlight While Goldberg’s intimate insight on Cobain’s mental instability is painful to read at times especially for this Grunger I’m still left wonderingwhat if? And it sucks

  3. Tony says:

    It had potentialThe first 23 read like a Wikipedia page I suspect John Silva would be able to fill in many of blanks encountered here I grew tired of reading other people’s accounts largely already known about the past The book redeems itself once the Vanity Fair interview is discussed From that point forward the book is engaging and provides many unknown details without devolving into a gossipy tabloid My main gripe is that it took so long to hit its stride The last third of the book is essential for Nirvana fans but those same fans will likely be uninterested in the early chapters Oh and Danny Ozzy doesn’t have “famous” tattoos of ‘love’ and ‘hate’ on his hands The tattoo on his hand is literally OZZY — Kurt and Dave were paying homage with the same exact thing How something so easily verifiable slipped by the fact checkers I’ll never know

  4. britt_brooke says:

    I honestly can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Cobain’s death I was 12 and can remember my older brother’s utter devastation Cobain’s friend and former manager has penned an intimate look at the brilliant but troubled artist during the peak of Nirvana’s fame through his tumultuous last days This is an honest and touching tribute though admittedly biased naturally It’s an excellent companion to the extremely detailed Michael Azzerad biography

  5. Charles says:

    I never read biographies it's really not my thing but twenty five years after Kurt Cobain's suicide this book made for a perfect refresher on a musical career like no other Loved the insider's view Despite its abrupt end Nirvana's short time on the scene still feels like a magical moment to me

  6. Neil Sarver says:

    There's nothing new in this which is very disappointing I wasn't expecting or hoping for dirt or exciting gossip but some insight would have made this a valuable addition For me that didn't feel like it was hereMind you Goldberg spends a fair amount of time defending the decisions involved in bringing Kurt Cobain and Nirvana to the mainstream I understand that with a narrative that punkindie genius was lured onto a major label and into the MTV fold and the demands of fame killed him being popular his defense that Kurt and company were major forces in the choice to bring themselves into the mainstreamUltimately however he introduces a dichotomy in the form an idea he uotes Everett True as stating that there are two kinds of punk rock There is the Jello BiafraIan Mackaye school in which one forms an alternative community parallel to the mainstream or there's the version in which one joins the mainstream and subverts it from the insideNirvana's philosophy was the latter which they argued for in nearly every interview they gave so the argument that this was their intention and that Goldberg and those around him were working diligently to get them what they wanted is a solid point Unfortunately I'm also not sure Nirvana is a good case study for that philosophy working Once they themselves were gone the subversion was gone it seems to me and once we pass the recording of In Utero Goldberg never takes up the thread again and certainly not in terms of the legacy left behind This is not meaningless as much of the first two thirds of the book are dedicated to discussing this pointThis might have been a solid memoir in the immediate aftermath of Kurt's death but it feels woefully inadeuate for a book with two and a half decades to reflect on these memories and the uestions raised by all of it

  7. Ash Wilson says:

    A few years back I read Kurt’s published “Journals” I gave it 1 out of 5 stars on here Here is my entire copied pasted review for it that I wrote up on here “I wanted to like this book I love Nirvana I have always been interested for insight into how Kurt’s mind worked He seemed like such a complicated soul I did however have my own reservations going in about whether he would have ever wanted intended any of this to be read by fans the general public It is an oversized book full of compilations of Kurt’s various journal entries that he kept in notebooks throughout his lifeAnd there were a few entries that interested me Especially his entries purely based on music Ie obscure bands and song lists that he had discovered and was into his own band lyrics and the stories behind the music he was writing Also he was clearly a VERY talented artist as seen through his drawings and comics throughout the book But these were few and far between comparatively to the pseudo political ramblings of an obviously ill troubled and disturbed man self medicating with illegal drugs Which for me was just heartbreaking very difficult to follow understand and therefor made the book EXTREMELY hard for me to push through It took me a few months to force myself through reading the whole thing I was talking to a friend about this and we both agreed that while we see and understand how so many people enjoy and are fascinated by reading drug induced stream of consciousness writing it just didn’t work for us me Sorry ‘Kurdt’ Wish you had made it through the depression and difficult periods in your life to the other side where fans like me could still be enjoying your artistic gifts today”I shared that review because while I did enjoy Danny’s book than that I would say that I did like it am giving it 3 stars I also felt a lot of the same things in reading this book There have been SO many books movies documentaries etc written produced about Nirvana particularly Kurt over the years I’m sure than half of what gets publicized either isn’t true at all or is grossly over exaggerated Unfortunately I think Kurt Cobain has become another celebrity death legend throughout society milked for everything it’s worth The reason I took interest in Danny’s book is because I heard him on some podcast music thingy on sirius xm I was listening to I could hear the genuine love trust respect he shared with Kurt as well as Courtney to this day And I know he has maintained a good relationship with Krist over the years as well Although it seems not so much or maybe he never was really all that close to Dave Or Pat for that matter either But I knew he had managed Nirvana developed a close personal relationship with Kurt throughout that time I knew that his now ex wife had been Nirvana’s attorney Kurt’s personal attorney also worked with Courtney Hole as well Listening to his interview on xm knowing that he waited so many years to write the book hearing from his own mouth what the content of the book would be made me feel comfortable that it wasn’t just another biography written to sueeze some money out of Kurt Cobain’s brief but extraordinary career struggle with drugs depression ultimate suicide I would say that upon completing the book I still DO feel that way Danny Goldberg clearly cared for Kurt deeply loved respected Nirvana’s music still wishes to honor protect Courtney Frances to this day That is definitely evident throughout the book Even to the point where one can see he actually fully admits that he’s greatly biased still sees certain things about Kurt through rose tinted glasses maybe still has some blinders on as well It came off as probably the closest thing to accuracy I’ve ever read heard or seen on Nirvana’s career It’s a pretty straightforward biography Danny does not go through Kurt’s entire life he only biographs him in the time of about 5 years that he knew him from the real start of Nirvana’s career with the “Bleach” record up through the “Unplugged” record Kurt’s subseuent downward spiral death which Goldberg does discuss candidly in the last few chapters I know many people idolize him I do think that musically artistically Kurt Cobain WAS a genius a uite tortured one that He clearly struggled greatly with mental illness addiction was never properly diagnosed or taken care of in that regard The main thing I took away from this book was that he was clearly a man who lived a life full of contradictions There was the way he wanted to see the world the way it actually was The way he wanted to live his life the way he actually did The things he talked dreamed about the things he actually lived out He could be at once SO sweet kind humble open minded while also being incredibly cold hard selfish reserved As Danny even kind of says himself by the end of the book I really don’t even know if those closest to Kurt truly ever knew him Dying under 30 years of age with the difficult childhood fame drug abuse etc I don’t even know how much Kurt really truly ever knew of himself Obviously someone like me will certainly never know I think Danny did a good job with the book in saying what he wanted to say There were several slow spots for me times throughout the book when I didn’t really like Danny Goldberg all that much based on how he described himself But in the end I did like it I’m glad I read it

  8. stargirl says:

    Anytime I get to read something about Kurt I feel totally blessed to even have any access to what he was like artistically his work ethic the passion and empathy for people around him the way he was humble vulnerable raw and most of all flawed partly like the rest of us but also in an artistic genius way He was a mystery to even those closest to him and I believe he didn't understand himself fully either However we are truly fortunate to be able to listen and feel the emotions he conveyed through his artWhile I was reading the book I could intensely feel some of the aspects Danny Goldberg was depicting and in some occasions I had to stop and read again Kurt's words because I was in awe of the flow of his thoughts and the way he meticulously arranged to perfection his words lyrics art and persona His being was deeply rooted in constantly creating learning and trying to evolve all while staying true to his values and yet pushing for new horizons and opportunities He knew what he wanted all along even if it didn't seem like that He was a visionary a sensible soul but also a brave and strong willed artist that never settled or compromised his art for the sake of anyone's opinionI am truly thankful and I believe so many people are too He will always live in the memory and hearts of those who loved him and through the music he left behindDanny thank you for putting in time and effort to commemorate Kurt as a person a friend an artist and a hero to countless Love always Jenny

  9. Alvaro Zinos-Amaro says:

    Fascinating account which I highly recommend to anyone interested in the history of 90s rock music or pop culture and iconography and art in general I could write 1000 words of praise discussing all the things I really enjoyed about this book which was headed towards a solid five stars Instead of doing that I'll explain my one star demerit I complemented my read of Goldberg's text with as much online media as I could when he describes concert performances or interviews etc I looked them up online turning the experience into of a multi media project In a few cases I found small inaccuracies Case in point Goldberg writes One of MCA’s roles was to secure TV appearances the first of which was for the Channel 4 show The Word at which Kurt proudly told the studio audience “I’d like you all to know that Courtney Love is the best fuck in the world” Here is video of what Kurt actually said I'd like all of you people in this room to know that Courtney Love the lead singer of the sensational pop group Hole is the best fuck in the world The meaning may come to the same but nuance is lost through the abbreviated version I believe that attributed uotes should be verbatim whenever possible particularly when the source is so readily available; details matter And if words are left out that should be signaled in the transcript Hence the slight rating dip for a few of these discrepancies Still an overall fantastic book with a clearly stated point of view from someone who was there on the inside

  10. Kristin says:

    This book is a love letter to Kurt Cobain and also Courtney Love The Author waxes on about how creative and amazing Kurt was but glosses over downplays or ignores all together the tragic drug use of both Kurt and Courtney Huge gaps were left out of this retelling of history This book was not balanced in any way and seemed to be simply a cathartic writing for the author For the reader and a fan of both Nirvana and Courtney Love this book was a huge let down

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