Letters to Kurt

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Letters to Kurt
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Author Eric Erlandson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Poetry, essays
Publisher Akashic Books
Publication date
April 10, 2012
Pages 120
ISBN 978-1-61775-083-0

Letters to Kurt is a collection of poetry and essays by musician Eric Erlandson, published in April 2012 by Akashic Books.[1] The book largely reads as a meditation on suicide idols, and as an elegy to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain,[2] whom Erlandson was acquainted with through Courtney Love; Erlandson served as a founding member and lead guitarist of Love's band, Hole, for eleven years.

Release[edit]

Letters to Kurt was announced for release in December 2011 on Erlandson's Facebook profile. The book was released on April 10, 2012 and published by Akashic Books. A limited edition pre-order package includes an advanced hardback copy of the book, a signed copy of Cock Soup—a collection of 52 photographs that serves as a visual accompaniment to the book—, a signed individual snapshot, and a CD including the soundtrack to the book.[3]

Reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews said that "a friend and fellow musician not only continues to mourn [Cobain's] suicide, but also rages against the culture that he holds responsible. These 52 'letters' combine the subject matter of the Byrds' 'So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star' with the fury of Allen Ginsberg's Howl" and described it as "a catharsis for the writer and perhaps for the reader as well."[2] Fellow musician, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth described how "Eric expresses how enchanting Kurt was, how the whole scene was, with his thoughtful, radical adult/prose love"[2] and author Everett True called the Letters to Kurt "beautiful, brutal, brief. Happy-sad eloquence. Boy Scouts playing with the complimentary cologne in the heart of the ghost town. Listen to the man. He knows."[2]

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