Chuck Klosterman, a writer for Spin magazine, goes on a road trip to explore the death locations of famous musicians. This is not simply a chronicle of the circumstances surrounding the suicides or drug overdoses; it’s a cultural discussion on what celebrity means even after death. Klosterman visits Kurt Cobain’s home and the location of Duane Allman’s motorcycle crash, to name a few, and along the way meets strangers that intrigue him, like the Kafka-reading waitress from North Carolina. Interwoven into the retelling of his road trip, Klosterman discusses the importance of music and lyrics in his own life. Specifically, he writes about four women whom he has loved. “Art and love are the same thing: it’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” Using these stories he joins the scattered musical trip into a deeply personal story of growth and insight.
Chuck Klosterman has published several non-fiction titles on music and pop culture like Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Eating the Dinosaur. Killing Yourself to Live is great for fans of rock music, sociology, psychology, and for those that just enjoy a good story.