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Carrie Borzillo’s ‘Nirvana: In The Words of the People Who Were There’ To Receive April Release

Available April 1st

Carlton Books has announced the re-issue of author/journalist Carrie Borzillo’s first book, 2000’s Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day by Day Chronicles, with a new cover, title, and design as Nirvana: In The Words of the People Who Were There on April 1, 2014 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Kurt Cobain.

The reissued book, which comes in a new 5.5 x 8-inch format, is available everywhere books are sold, including and Borzillo is also selling a limited number of signed copies direct to the fans via her official website, for $35 (U.S.) and $45 (International), including free shipping. A percentage of each autographed book purchased direct from the author will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (

“We lost one of the greatest artists of our generation when Kurt Cobain took his life on April 5, 1994 and it’s a sadness that I still deeply feel today. I have very strong feelings about suicide and mental health issues and wanted to do a small part to give back by donating a percentage of the books I sign and sell to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,” says Borzillo.

Nirvana: In The Words of the People Who Were There is as near as possible to a day-to-day account of every significant band event, from its inception right through Kurt Cobain’s early tragic death on April 5, 1994. Seeking to separate fact from fiction and clear up some of the myths and untruths that have grown up around the band, the book features more than 50 first-hand accounts, memories and anecdotes of every important moment in Nirvana’s career. The book includes Borzillo’s own recount of covering the news of Cobain’s death and the public vigil in Seattle in April 1994.

Originally released in 2000 as Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day by Day Chronicle, the book has since been released by multiple publishers in a multitude of formats, titles, countries, and languages, including Italian, German, and Spanish. Along with the newest version, Nirvana: In The Words of the People Who Were There, out on April 1, other recent re-issues include the Spanish-language version, Kurt Cobain: La Historia de Nirvana, released on March 18, 2014 by Libros Cúpula and Kurt Cobain: The Nirvana Years, released in October 2013 via Carlton Books. The only truly updated version of the book, however, is the 2003 reissue as Nirvana: The Day to Day Illustrated Journals, which featured more photos and captions and came in the coffee-table size.

She has recently been quoted in similar stories in the New York Daily News and Loaded UK magazine. She will appear on a Nirvana-themed episode of the Suicide Girls Radio podcast on April 3 at  Additionally, Carrie will also post a first-person blog about her experience covering Kurt Cobain’s death for Billboard magazine in Seattle on April 8-10, 1994, featuring some never-before-seen photos. The blog will appear on on April 8, 2014 – the 20th anniversary of when Kurt Cobain’s body was found dead.

Author Bio: Carrie Borzillo is an award-winning music and entertainment journalist and critically acclaimed author. As an author, she has three books under her belt: Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day by Day Chronicle (Carlton Books, 2000 and its subsequent re-issues), Cherry Bomb: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend, and to Living Life Like a Rock Star (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2008), and Tera Patrick’s Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love & Porn (Gotham/Penguin, 2010). As a journalist, her work has appeared in dozens of media outlets, including Billboard, E! Online, Entertainment Weekly, People, Spin, and others. As a content manager, she has worked for, American Idol, and The X Factor. Carrie is currently working on her yet-unannounced fourth new book. Borzillo hails from Wallingford, Connecticut and resides in the L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock.

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Press Quotes About Eyewitness Nirvana

“Conveys the day-to-day sequence of events with care and accuracy” -Danny Goldberg, former Nirvana manager

“In-depth diary style breakdown from birth to death, Eyewitness… is essential reading for any Nirvana fan still hungry for a piece of the ‘90s finest.” – Kerrang! 4K review

 “Borzillo did her homework, researching every stop on every tour and interviewing key players such as Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg and publicist Jim Merlis…. Useful and interesting.” –Chicago Sun-Times’ Jim DeRogatis)