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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

„Just because you're paranoid, does not mean they're not out to get you.“

—  Kurt Cobain

Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)
Variant: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.
Source: This quote is generally attributed to Joseph Heller from his novel Catch-22, although it appears to be from the film version only (screenplay by Buck Henry.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AParanoia Territorial Pissings.

Citát „I don't care what you think unless it is about me.“

„I don't care what you think unless it is about me.“

—  Kurt Cobain

Variant: I don't care what you think unless it is about me

„Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.“

—  Kurt Cobain

As quoted in M.E.A.T (1991-09).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

„We're Nirvana and we really don't particularly like heavy metal.“

—  Kurt Cobain

1990-08-17 at the Palladium, Hollywood, California
Stage banter

„I don't think MTV would let us play that. (After an audience member requests "Rape Me.")“

—  Kurt Cobain

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

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„She'll come back as fire
burn all the liars
leave a blanket of ash on the ground“

—  Kurt Cobain

Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle.
Song lyrics, In Utero (1993)

„Birds scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth, but sadly we don't speak bird.“

—  Kurt Cobain, book Journals

Journals (2002)
Context: Birds... scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don't speak bird. [p. 224]

„And the flowers sing in D minor
And the birds fly happily.“

—  Kurt Cobain

Spank Thru.
Song lyrics, B-sides and compilation tracks (1989-1993)

„I've been waiting for that! (After an audience member requests "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.)“

—  Kurt Cobain

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

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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