Danny Goldberg, who has also worked with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Bonnie Raitt, managed the Seattle band between 1990 and 1994.
Serving The Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain will include Goldberg’s memories of the frontman, interviews with Courtney Love, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, and other members of Cobain’s family and friends. Released on April 2, it will discuss the late star’s marriage to Love, their daughter Frances Bean, his struggles with addiction, and feature files that were previously unavailable to the public.
In a statement outlining the book in 2018, Goldberg explained: “I began to work with Kurt the year before Nevermind was recorded and remained close to him until days before his death. Media depictions of Kurt typically focus on the tragedy of his death.
“While it is impossible to ignore the inner demons which tormented him, in researching and writing Serving the Servant I have been more often reminded of Kurt’s brilliance, his sense of humour and his kindness to most of those around him. He was so complex that no two people experienced the same person, but I hope I am able to add another dimension to Kurt’s legacy.”
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has given early praise to the book. He described it in a statement as “the story of two men, a generation apart, who became unexpected friends through a mutual appreciation of feminism, LGBT rights, and a dedication to the activist power of music.”
He continued: “It is a contemplative requiem to losing someone you love who immeasurably touched the entire planet with a singular magic.”
Kurt Cobain died at his home in Seattle on April 5, 1994. His death was ruled a suicide.
Last year, Cobain’s former bandmates Novoselic, Pat Smear, and Dave Grohl reunited at Foo Fighters’ CalJam festival for a short set airing some of Nirvana’s classic tracks. Afterward, Grohl and Novoselic said they wouldn’t rule out doing similar shows in the future but they wouldn’t be a “regular thing” that would “become a full circus”.