Keynote Speaker: Charles R. Cross

Music Historian, Author & Biographer

Kurt, Jimi and Lots of Heart: One Biographer’s Research Methods


Charles R. Cross is the author of nine books including bestselling biographies of Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. His most recent book is his 2012 bestselling biography of Heart Kicking and Dreaming. Heavier Than Heaven, his Cobain biography, won the ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography in 2002. Cross was Editor of The Rocket from 1986 through 2000, and chronicled the rise of the Northwest scene during the heyday of Grunge. He has written for hundreds of newspapers and magazines, from Rolling Stone to the London Times. He lectures at a number of colleges on journalism and pop culture. He lives near Seattle, Washington.