WBEZ | Kurt Cobain http://www.wbez.org/tags/kurt-cobain Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Getting personal with writer Chuck Klosterman http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-05/getting-personal-writer-chuck-klosterman-99046 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP060711030381.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AcwfxU3EOp8" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>How many times do you read an essay and think, "Yes, this is all true, but I've heard all of these ideas before"? Well, that <em>never</em> happens to me when I'm reading Chuck Klosterman.</p><p>Klosterman is the author of essay collections like <em>Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs</em> and <em>Eating the Dinosaur</em>. He also has a new novel, <em>The Visible Man</em>, and is a regular contributor to Grantland.com.</p><p>In my chat with Klosterman for <em>The Interview Show, </em>taped recently at Union Hall in Brooklyn, Klosterman (pronounced with a long "o," by the way) expounds on the subjects he writes about often – music, sports – while tackling the question of whether cavemen were, in fact, the most interesting people ever.</p><p>I love this interview, but it really picks up when the tall guy in the front row gets up to use the bathroom.</p><p>The next <em>Interview Show</em> is June 1 at The Hideout, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests include&nbsp;include Ada St. and MK chef/owner Michael Kornick, <em>The Fish That Ate the Whale</em> author Rich Cohen, The Hood Internet DJ/producer STV SLV and musician/teacher Matt Baron.</p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 09:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-05/getting-personal-writer-chuck-klosterman-99046 Before Kurt Cobain was famous http://www.wbez.org/story/kurt-cobain-was-famous <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/Kurt picture.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Do you remember where you were when Kurt Cobain committed suicide? Ok I know it&lsquo;s no Kennedy assassination, but for those of us who came of age in the early &lsquo;90s, it was a cultural moment. I was in middle school at the time, and I remember that girl on the school bus with the purple hair looking so, so sad.</p> <div>Emily White&rsquo;s book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Will-Make-Money-Your-Sleep/dp/0743259963">You Will Make Money in Your Sleep</a> is set before all that. Before the suicide, before the <i>Spin</i> magazine covers and the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg">MTV videos</a>. Before Kurt was Kurt.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>White&rsquo;s husband was the general manager of <a href="http://www.subpop.com/">Sub Pop</a>, the indie label that put out Nirvana&rsquo;s first record and then put out <i>Nevermind</i>. As part of her tale, White chronicles the surreal moment when people at Sub Pop realized that &ldquo;the world loved Kurt&rdquo; and that the so-called Seattle sound could be turned into a brand.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio posted above, White paints a haunting portrait of the artist on the eve of <em><span>Nevermind</span></em>&rsquo;s release &ndash; before he was a legend undone by his own fame. White was recorded by <a href="../../../../../amplified">Chicago Amplified</a> at <a href="../../../../../episode-segments/you-will-make-money-your-sleep">a 2007 reading</a> produced by <a href="http://www.stopsmilingonline.com/">Stop Smiling</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range </a>showcases hidden gems unearthed from </em><em>Chicago Amplified</em>'s<em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. </em><em>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278">here</a> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast, and click <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/you-will-make-money-your-sleep">here</a> for the full reading by author Emily White. </em></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 23:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/kurt-cobain-was-famous