Former guitarist with Hole, Eric Erlandson, has written a book about the suicide of his friend, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
Erlandson’s book, Letters To Kurt, will be published on April 8 by Akashic Books. The New York Times reports that the 52 chapter offering will be made up of poetry, prose and ‘free association’ and will comprise “reflections on rock’n’roll, drug abuse and the loss of Cobain”.
Speaking to The New York Times, Erlandson, who played in Hole with Cobain’s wife Courtney Love, said: “It just wasn’t feeling right to write a memoir-style book and this one just came out of me a couple years ago. It felt like the right way to go, but at the same time, I had a lot of hesitation. At some point it just started to click and I started to honor it.”
He added that he has not discussed the book with his former bandmate, Love, saying: “Up until September of last year, October, she was asking me to play with her. But I felt like there was no transformation in our relationship at all. So that kind of worked its way into the book. I never mentioned to her that I had written the book, and I’m sure she’s heard of it now.”
Had he not committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27, Kurt Cobain would have turned 45 on February 20 of this year. Letters To Kurt will be published in the United States three days after the 18th anniversary of Cobain’s death.