Nirvana Manager Preps New Book â€˜Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobainâ€™
Title includes interviews with Courtney Love, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic
Danny Goldberg, one ofÂ Nirvanaâ€™s managers from 1990 to 1994, documents his stint with the iconic grunge band in a new book,Â Serving the Servant: RememberingÂ Kurt Cobain, out April 2nd via HarperCollinsâ€™ Ecco Press imprint.
Serving the ServantÂ mines Goldbergâ€™s own memories of the songwriter, files that previously havenâ€™t been made public and interviews with Cobainâ€™s family (including wife Courtney Love), friends and former bandmates (including Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic). The book touches on Cobain and Loveâ€™s marriage; the birth of their daughter, Frances Bean; and Cobainâ€™s struggles with addiction.Â
Goldberg, currently president and owner of artist management company Gold Village Entertainment, is a longtime industry veteran who began his career as Led Zeppelinâ€™s publicist. He later served as Bonnie Raittâ€™s manager and as an executive at Mercury Records and Warner Bros. Records. Heâ€™s written several other books, including 2009â€™sÂ Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business.
In August 2018, Goldberg outlined his thematic approach toÂ Serving the ServantÂ in aÂ statementÂ announcing the project.
â€œI began to work with Kurt the year beforeÂ NevermindÂ was recorded and remained close to him until days before his death,â€ he said. â€œMedia 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 Kurtâ€™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 Kurtâ€™s legacy.â€
Sonic Youthâ€™s Thurston Moore praised the book in a statement, calling it â€œthe 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.â€ He added, â€œIt is a contemplative requiem to losing someone you love who immeasurably touched the entire planet with a singular magic.â€