Former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg has written a memoir about his time with Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Hole, Warren Zevon and Steve Earle: Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. AOL’s Spinner has an excerpt:
Courtney’s very presence was a metaphor for the end of one era in the band’s life and the beginning of another. Often she was just a mouthpiece for what Kurt himself wanted and didn’t feel like asking for. Although I knew Courtney could be difficult or irrational, it was also obvious that Kurt’s attachment to her was no passing fancy.
The weekend in January 1992 that Nirvana did ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the first time was a turning point that put into focus the heroin problem that was to haunt Kurt for the rest of his life. (He dyed his hair pink for the show, which somehow added a sense of dissolution.) Courtney called me at home the morning the show aired and asked me to get Kurt $5,000 in cash so they could do some “shopping.” I felt pretty uncomfortable as I delivered the package of $100 bills to her at the hotel. Abruptly, the dark cloud of drug excess had entered the band’s life. I was confronted by the baroque facade of lies and the awful glassy-eyed deadness that regular heroin use provides. I resolved to confront them about it after we got through the next few days in New York.
There’s also an excerpt from the introduction of the book on Goldberg’s website.
Goldberg has run record labels (Swan Song, Warner Bros, Mercury, Artemis) and managed artists for decades. He’s also the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit.
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New York Times review: It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.