Remembering Kurt Cobain [VIDEO]
I open my show on New Jersey 101.5 every night around 7:10 with Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” Today marks the 20th anniversary of when Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle. His death was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Cobain had actually died on April 5th. He was 27 years old.
The circumstances surrounding his death 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 US, and over 75 million worldwide.
They were becoming the band of the nineties and it was all just unfolding, but Cobain was much more about the music than the money. He suffered from intense physical pain due to chronic bronchitis, and an undiagnosed chronic stomach condition. He turned to drugs and alcohol. There was also a history of suicide in Cobain’s family. His cousin Beverly noted that two of her uncles had killed themselves with guns.
Sometimes the very thing inside an author that gives life to the music is what takes their own. Kurt Cobain will always be remembered as the voice of his generation, like so many others taken way too soon. Musicians make a deeper connection with their fans that allow listeners to be more than just followers of their music.
Musicians touch something inside of us – they get us, and when they’re abruptly taken from us we feel such a loss even though we never even met these people. We feel like we lost a piece of ourselves. Every generation has that person, if not a singer than maybe a poet or an artist. For me, it was John Lennon, whom Cobain was a huge fan of.
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