max - but of course, the personal agenda thing is pretty much how anybody approaches any subject at any time. it's the nature of reporting. and it is all automatically suspect because it's written by people like you an me - literally anybody who wants to write it. expertise and accuracy is not required on any level.
so, we need to be careful, or just have fun with the mythology that seems to evolve on it's own. that's always the better story anyway. you couldn't make up a myth any better than the 'lords of chaos' story. enjoy it.
that nirvana book out of new york (i am assuming you are talking about michael azzarad's book) is far more accurate and honest than anything written from the "insider" point of view (which is pretty much charlie cross's bundle of bs) about cobain.
micheal azzarad actually hung out with kurt and work intmately with him on the developement of the book. he literally live through the whole explosion and was involved.
charlie's book is total crap. i know, because i was there with charlie through the whole "grunge" phenom and he had absolutely zero involvement. in fact, he fought to exclude nirvana from the rocket because he thought they would never amount to anything. he was of a mind that bruce springsteen was more important than anything local. i fact, i happened to sit behind him when he saw nirvana for the first time - it was at the coliseum (now key center), a 60,000 seat venue, and it was like nirvana's second or third national tour. i can safely say he never once had any involvement with nirvana until that point. the "insider" book was written by a bigger outsider than the new york book.
get it yet? outsiders often have less personal agenda to fullfil.
but i have to admit, even though those black metal bands are stunningly stupid, they do have convictions. i mean, eating the brains of a guy whose name was "dead" smacks of some sort flatworm-level primitive genius.