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Barnaby Legg , Jim McCarthy , Flameboy
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Book Description

April 1 2011 1849386994 978-1849386999
GodSpeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic tells Cobain's story in the format of a totally unique graphic novel.

Writers Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy have constructed their story using biographical fact interwoven with references to the singer's tortured self image.  The vibrant art by Flameboy captures both the subjective dreamscape and the objective reality that form the heart of this examination of a tragic musical legend.

Much more than a biography, GodSpeed is unlike anything published about Kurt Cobain before.  Going beyond the facts, it transmutes an extraordinary life into an equally extraordinary work of art.


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About the Author

Barnaby Legg has been creating graphic novels and other assorted fictions inside his head since early childhood, and you cannot imagine what a relief it is for him to finally get this one out.

Jim McCarthy is a widely published illustrator and comic strip artist.  He has created for 2000AD, working on Bad Company, Bix Barton, The Grudgefather and Kid Cyborg.  He is also the author of Voice of Latin Rock: Music from the Streets.



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1.0 out of 5 stars exaggerated rockstar fairy tale- Feb. 20 2004
I am happy to see that a graphic piece of material documenting my late half-brother's life has been established. However, I am sad to see how poorly the way his life has been presented. He did have a life at a point, he was simple, reserved, and willing to be famous. He was not this depressed Kurt Cobain that lived in a raw awesome rock god heroin chic torpor. He may of been an exhibitionist, talented, and downright "cool", but his way of living was quite simple before mother goose came in with her drug cocktail. Courtney being thrown in as the sole angel and peace maker in the story makes me leary ("Kurt! No Heroin! Stop it!"), as she exploits Kurt's massive fantastic rock star guts every day and hates herself more than Morrisey at the same time. Rock has gotten so polished, sanded, rock is the raw emotion- so raw that there is only little to be felt/seen/heard/stolen, and when we rip rock down so many times, we ask ourselves, what can there be left?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Surprisingly Moving Tribute June 30 2004
By L.Mo
I received GODSPEED as an unexpected birthday gift. I'm a huge Nirvana fan with a pretty beefy collection of biographies, novels, essays, articles, etc. based upon Kurt and Nirvana. This truly was the gift for the grrrl who had everything.
If you are unfamiliar with Kurt Cobain's life, GODSPEED should not be your first read. Read Heavier Than Heaven (by Charles Cross), and once you've done that, pick up this graphic novel.
Prior reviews have bashed this book as being "an exaggerated tale" and "over-the-top." NEWSFLASH: it's a comic book. Not a biography, not sacred text...a comic. Heros are exaggerated, rivals are morphed into treacherous villains. There is not grey, only black and white. This particular comic is chock full of fantastic art, moving imagery and composition, all while remaining fairly truthful to what is known about Kurt's life. (It even includes a reference to the little known cassette recordings Kurt's aunt still owns...in which Kurt is calling out to Boddah...who he thinks is speaking to him on the recorder.)
That said, there are those of you who are just too cool to take a breather and read this fairly light booklet. So don't. But those of you who take yourselves less seriously, give it a look. I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PSUEDO-SPEED June 29 2004
By Jane
If you are interested in this book then you're probably a fan of Kurt Cobain. If you are a fan of Kurt, then you're either in love with Courtney Love... or you hate her with a firey passion.
If there is a truth to her position in his life as a friend and wife, one will never know what it is. Except Kurt himself.
Too bad he isn't here to share it.
The media and music industry, with the wealthy help of Miss Love, have both suspected Courtney and covered her ass for the supposed suicide of Mr. Cobain.
Honestly, the reason I am selling this book is because the story in this book appears to be through the biased perception of Courtney Love. Another published peice of "cover her ass".
The graphics are terrific. The dialogue is clever. And there is a truth underlying the whole psuedo-biography of this rock legend. She did a nice job this time.
Too bad I didn't "buy" it.
In the mental sense, that is. I bought it at Books-A-Million the other night for about eighteen bucks in hopes that I would get more insight to the conspiracy theory to the dead rock star. Instead I find myself being dazzled from cover to cover with Courtney's victimization as her character (the wife) throughout. There is a silent Courtney whispering "it's all Kurt's fault". I'd rather sell it than have it laying around my house.
If you aren't a fan of Love, then buy it and burn it.
If you are a fan of Love, then buy it before it goes out of print.
Whether the life of Kurt and Courtney (according to this graphic-novel) was for the best or worst of times, they have bothed moved on, in their own ways, and the tale of these two will never be forgotten.
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2.0 out of 5 stars lacked depth & insight, but the art was good. June 1 2004
this book reminded me of the 5th harry potter novel. it was filled with stereotypical, depressive yet shallow mumbo-jumbo lacking any eloquence, even. the art was pretty, though. it's worth a read, but definitely not worth spending any money on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Response to "Kimberly D. Cobain" May 29 2004
By A Customer
This book was great. Do not listen to Kimberly D. Cobain, she is a fake. She says that she was Kurt's half sister, while any dedicated Nirvana fan would know that Kim is Kurt's sister, not half-sister (They both had the same mother and father). So do not listen to her, and read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book May 29 2004
I've been a Nirvana fan for a long time but had been reluctant to buy Godspeed untill I read of the illustrator's death on a few websites([...] radio.com being one).I was suprised to find how much I enjoyed reading it. Well, 'enjoyed' is not the right word, ...I think experience is a better desciption. It made me cry.This book really touched me . If is true that Flameboy recently committed suicide , then it makes this book is all the more unsettling & somewhat spooky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check it out for yourself Feb. 23 2004
Suggest you first check out Flameboy's (the artist's) page at his website [...] This provides a bit of background to how and why 'Godspeed' was created.
You can also email Flameboy your comments and feedback at his site.
I think he sums it up when he says that Godspeed isn't meant to be the last word on Cobain's life - it's just another take on it. No offence to Kimberley.
For me, Godspeed is well worth the read. The art is great, and the story is interesting and moving, whether you're a Cobain/Nirvana fan or not.
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