Happy 49th Birthday Kurt. We miss you.
Growing up in the 90’s, Kurt Cobain had a major influence in my life – as well as countless others. To put it in perspective, the rock scene was mainly “hair bands” of pretty boys and majorly teased hair who were chock full of testosterone and mysogeny. During the 80’s/early 90’s – hair bands ruled the charts and made great contributions (Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, etc)…but in the early 90’s, the times were shifting. Youth had changed and felt strangely disconnected from what was happening in music.
Music and style wise, they were already in a lane of their own. They were actually, “Anti”. Much like Tupac and his influence. To put it in context to today, their debut was similar to what Odd Future and TylerThe Creator did in Hip Hop or Frank Ocean in R&B. They represented a lot of what was happening in the indie music scene, mainly in Seattle.
Here are some things you should know about Kurt Cobain…
Kurt Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene and grunge genre. Nirvana’s debut album Bleach was released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989.
Nirvana was labeled “the flagship band” of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as “the spokesman of a generation”. Cobain, however, was often uncomfortable and frustrated, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention.
Kurt, Nirvana and the Grunge movement even inspired high fashion editorials and continue to inspire designers and artists; like Supreme.
via Complex 2013
Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, stomach illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love.
Together, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love have a daughter…Frances Bean Cobain was born August 18, 1992
Although Kurt Cobains death on April 5th 1994 was ruled a suicide by 12 gauge shotgun, it has largely been viewed as a homicide. There are many conflicting facts about his death, but mainly when you kill yourelf using a 12 gauge you use your toes to pull the trigger – Cobain was wearing sneakers when he was found dead. A new docudrama available on Netflix, “Soaked In Bleach”, reviews this theory through testimonials from officers involved in the case and close friends of Cobains. Some believe Courtney Love had a part in his death.
The death of Kurt Cobain was a pain felt world wide. Kurt represented more than music. He represented a generation…and clearly 22 years later – he still represents youth culture. He also influenced fashion and other musicians. Kurt gave me the courage to embrace my weirdness at a time when being a misfit was not okay. As a bullied kid, I buried myself in his music and no longer felt alone or strange. It was like understanding that there were others like out there, like me. For that, I am forever thankful to him.