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Serving the Servant Reviews

Serving the Servant by Danny Goldberg

Serving The Servant§

Remembering Kurt Cobain

Danny Goldberg

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2 reviews

Imprint: Trapeze
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781409182788

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.

4 stars out of 5
Victoria Segal
31 Mar 2019

"an intimate, surprising portrait of Nirvana’s frontman"

In a letter to the singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield, Cobain described Goldberg as “the most honest man in showbiz”. Serving the Servant brings that clarity and insight to Nirvana’s frequently rehashed story, sharpening the edges of Cobain’s image 25 years after his death, removing the soft-focus “legend” filter to bring the complicated man briefly into view.


3 stars out of 5
30 Mar 2019

"Twenty-five years after the grunge star’s death, his mentor speaks."

A well-meaning, but slight addition to the growing canon of Cobain books, Serving the Servanreveals little that most Nirvana fans will not already know. Calmly laying out the creative and financial decisions that propelled Nirvana from depressive outsider artists to superstardom, this is more of a business-slanted overview than insider chronicle of tortured genius or tour-bus excess. It is not the most insightful or impassioned portrait of a band in their molten prime; fans of salacious backstage gossip will likely be disappointed. However, it is engagingly personal and refreshingly free of mythmaking hyperbole.