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Kurt Cobain

Birthdate: 20. February 1967
Date of death: 5. April 1994

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician, artist, singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet. Born in Aberdeen, Washington, Cobain formed the band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in 1987 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.

After signing with major label DGC Records, Nirvana found breakthrough success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their second album Nevermind . Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labeled "the flagship band" of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as "the spokesman of a generation". Cobain, however, was uncomfortable with the label, believing his message and artistic vision had been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal problems often subject to media attention.

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, chronic health problems and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle; the death was ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. The circumstances of his death at age 27 have become a topic of public fascination and debate. Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S., and over 75 million worldwide. Cobain was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, along with Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, in their first year of eligibility.

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Journals
Journals
Kurt Cobain

„Congratulations, you have won
It's a year's subscription of bad puns.“

—  Kurt Cobain

Opinion.
Song lyrics, Posthumously released (post-1994)

„And if you save yourself
You will make him happy.“

—  Kurt Cobain

Sappy
Song lyrics, B-sides and compilation tracks (1989-1993)

„They're claiming that [the grunge bands] finally put Seattle on the map, but, like, what map? …I mean, we had Jimi Hendrix. Heck, what more do we want?“

—  Kurt Cobain

From an interview with Marc Coiteux on Musique Plus, 1991-09-21, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Interviews (1989-1994), Video

„Zits are beauty marks.“

—  Kurt Cobain

As quoted in Sassy (1992-04).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

„In Aberdeen, I hated my best friends with a passion, because they were idiots.“

—  Kurt Cobain

As quoted in The Daily Of The University Of Washington (1989-05-05).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

„OK, you trained monkeys, everybody jump up and down. Let's bring back the good old pogo!“

—  Kurt Cobain

1993-12-31 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, in between "About a Girl" and "Lithium".
Stage banter

„Something in her eyes
Must be the smoke in my lungs.“

—  Kurt Cobain

Clean Up Before She Comes.
Song lyrics, Posthumously released (post-1994)

„What are they tuning, a harp? I thought we were a big rich rock band. We should have a whole bunch of extra guitars.“

—  Kurt Cobain

1993-11-18 at Sony Music Studios, New York City, New York (MTV Unplugged).
Stage banter

„She's just as bored as me
she caught me off my guard
it amazes me, the will of instinct“

—  Kurt Cobain

Polly.
Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)

„I wouldn’t wear a tie-dyed tee-shirt unless it was dyed with the urine of Phil Collins and the blood of Jerry Garcia.“

—  Kurt Cobain

As quoted in Melody Maker (1992-07-18).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print
Variant: I would only wear a tie dyed T Shirt if it were dyed with the urine of Phil Collins and the blood of Jerry Garcia. [p. 269]

„I need an easy friend
I do, with an ear to lend.“

—  Kurt Cobain

About a Girl.
Song lyrics, Bleach (1989)

„I found it hard,
It was hard to find
Oh well, whatever, never mind.“

—  Kurt Cobain

Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)

„We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath. And, we vomit onstage better than anyone.“

—  Kurt Cobain

As quoted in Guitar World (1992-01).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

„I just can’t believe anyone would start a band just to make the scene and be cool and have chicks. I just can’t believe it.“

—  Kurt Cobain

As quoted in Option (1992-01-02).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

„Hope I die before I turn into Pete Townshend.“

—  Kurt Cobain

As quoted in BAM (1992-01-10).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

„Hello, we're major label corporate rock sell outs.“

—  Kurt Cobain

1991-04-17 at the OK Hotel, Seattle, Washington
Stage banter

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