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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (April 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849386994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849386999
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 0.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Flameboycomics.com.

 

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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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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By Jane on June 29 2004
Format: Paperback
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.
Unfortunatley.
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By A Customer on Dec 3 2003
Format: Paperback
The graphics in this book are excellently done, while the prose in the introduction is well-written, and in some cases hits the nail right on the head (such as when they speak of Cobain's genius, legend, etc.), but I disagree with the assertions made, especially that Cobain suffered from 'mental illness'. There are several comments that are pure speculation, as are several parts of the book itself. I also see a great similarity to the storyline of Godspeed to that of the Cross book Heavier Than Heaven, which in many minds, mine included, is a heavily fictionalized account of Cobain's life and death. While one might want to add this well-drawn to their collection, they should view it more as art-fiction, than anything resembling reality.
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By Trudy on Feb. 11 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was the first Kurt Cobain book I read and being a graphic, interested me. It still is the only Kurt Cobain book I've read as I only read it a couple of days ago.
I think the authour and the illustrator really hit the point and got the message across. Flameboy is a very tallented illustrator, I think he really captured what Kurt must have been feeling at that time. Also, the authour uses very simple yet effect words and phrases, whether Kurt acctually used there I don't know but I think they create a really good blunt and shocking effect in parts.
Overall I love this book, I think its a relly visual insight into Kurts downfall that perhaps explains more and is easier to interpret.
R.I.P Kurt Cobain
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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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By Lili on Jan. 14 2004
Format: Paperback
This graphic book is very good, a real little work of art, the drawing are great, Courtney Love is draw very well, I am impressed. Frances Bean has a baby is not so well draw, she look a bit too old but appart from that all the sketchs and the little details put to this book are wonderful. The writting is not so great but it a graphic book not a real biography so it was ok. Putting Boddha was a very good idear. For any fan and even if your not a fan you will love this graphic book, Irecommand it to anyone.
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