Letters to Kurt (Akashic Books)
Eric Erlandson, guitarist and cofounder of the band Hole, will discuss and sign his debut book Letters to Kurt, an elegy to his friend Kurt Cobain, with author and musician James Greer (Guided by Voices: A Brief History).
"The reverberations of Kurt's suicide last to this day, and have touched the lives of many. Dozens of people could have written their own version of this bracingly candid book; Eric has written one, filled with rage and love, landmined with detail, that can stand for them all." —Michael Azerrad, author of Come As You Are, The Story of Nirvana
"Nearly two decades after the death of Kurt Cobain, a friend and fellow musician not only continues to mourn his suicide, but also rages against the culture that he holds responsible . . . The pain is real and powerful, and the book's major indictment is of a celebrity culture in which 'all beauty has poison under its skin, fangs beneath its gums, a bullet with your name on it, in the name of fortune and fame. If the art doesn’t kill you, the fame surely will.' A catharsis for the writer and perhaps for the reader as well." —Kirkus Reviews
Eric Erlandson was born and raised in San Pedro, California. He is best known as cofounder, songwriter, and lead guitarist of the alternative rock band Hole, which he formed with Courtney Love. Their albums Pretty on the Inside, Live Through This, and Celebrity Skin achieved international recognition and success. Live Through This was named one of the top 100 albums of all time by Time magazine. Since the breakup of the band in 2002, Erlandson has been involved in a number of musical and literary projects. He has a BS in Economics from Loyola Marymount University and practices Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
James Greer is the author of the highly acclaimed novels The Failure and Artificial Light (a selection of Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery Series; winner of a California Book Award for Best Debut Novel), and the nonfiction book Guided By Voices: A Brief History, a biography about a band for which he once played bass guitar. He lives in Los Angeles.
Photo of the Erlandson by Planet Swan.
"Letters to Kurt" is an anguished, angry, and tender meditation on the
octane and ether of rock and roll and its many moons: sex, drugs,
suicide, fame, and rage. It's part "Dream Songs, " part Bukowski,
Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, and the Clash. Rants, reflections, and gunshot
fill these fifty-two prose poems. They are raw, funny, sad, and
searching. This will make a beautiful book for anyone who loved Nirvana
and Hole and the time and place when their music changed everything.
Ultimately, it's an elegy for Kurt and the "suicide idols" who
tragically fail to find salvation in their amazing music.