Tony Parsons

From Tarry Stool to Teenage Icon

Rebel: The Life and Legend of James Dean

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When the biggest American rock star of the Nineties, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, removed the top of his head with a shotgun, his mother commented that her boy had ‘joined the stupid club’ – meaning the crowded fraternity of star-crossed young celebrities who died before their time.

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