RIP KURT COBAIN – “IT IS BETTER TO BURN OUT THAN FADE AWAY” (17TH YEAR ANNIVERSERY)

17 years and even in death, his legend continues to grow.

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana arrived on the scene when I was far too young to appreciate them. Out of seemingly nowhere (Seattle, actually) came this unsuspecting and uncontrived band of 3. They were a breath of fresh air amongst the “Hair Bands” that polluted the scene, rock gods who guzzled champagne chased models and strippers. Nirvana represented so much of universal youth culture; apathy, distrust, disenchantment, melancholy and anti.

Much of Cobain’s music dealt with his fractured childhood and disconnection from the world, something that I don’t think he ever fully recovered from. At the time he was married to Courtney Love and had just had baby girl Frances Bean. He was uncomfortable with fame, which continued to grow on a massive scale…worsening his depression and drug use.

On April 8th 1994, he was found dead (Later it would be said that he died on April 5th). After finding what authorities believed to have been a suicide note, they later ruled his death a “SUICIDE”. The debate is heavy on weather or not that is true as there are facts that don’t seem to add up.

One being, he supposedly killed himself with a self inflicted gun shot…using a shotgun…with his shoes on? The second fact being that his “suicide note” was a letter written in his handwriting, confessing that he would be leaving Courtney Love and the music industry. The note later has different handwriting, which is also suspect. You can read the note HERE.

In his note he quotes a NEIL YOUNG song (‘HEY HEY MY MY”) – “It is better to burn out than to fade away”. There is another quote from that song that seems fitting for this moment:

“THE KING IS GONE, BUT HE’S NOT FORGOTTEN”

17 years, wow. It’s almost strange and comical how fast time flies. Gone too soon, but never forgotten and always inspiring.

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