Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana

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Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana
Come As You Are The Story of Nirvana (cover).jpg
First edition cover
AuthorMichael Azerrad
CountryUnited States
Publication date
October 1993
Media typePrint (paperback)

Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana is a 1993 book by Michael Azerrad, covering the career of Nirvana from its inception.[1][2] It was written before the suicide of Nirvana band leader Kurt Cobain and for the book, Azerrad met with the members of the band and conducted extensive interviews about the band and its members' histories.

Following the death of Kurt Cobain, Azerrad wrote a new final chapter for the book's second printing, which was released in the summer of 1994.

Azerrad worked with filmmaker AJ Schnack to use the twenty-five hours of audio interviews that Azerrad had conducted with Cobain for the book as the basis for a documentary on Cobain's life.[3][4] Titled Kurt Cobain: About a Son, the movie debuted at festivals in 2006.

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly gave the book an 'A' rating, writing that it "delivers the goods."[5] People called it "a fascinating study of Cobain."[6]


  1. ^ "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana". Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Walls, Seth Colter (September 27, 2011). "Kurt Cobain Thought Nevermind Was Nirvana's Worst Album". Slate Magazine.
  3. ^ Post-Intelligencer, Seattle. "The real Kurt Cobain".
  4. ^ "Audio tracks help paint the portrait". Los Angeles Times. February 17, 2008.
  5. ^ "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana".
  6. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Come as You Are: the Story of Nirvana".