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Kurt Cobain Biography
Kurt Donald Cobain was the leader of Nirvana, the multi-platinum grunge band that redefined the sound of the nineties.
Cobain was born on the 20th of February 1967 in Hoquaim, a small town 140 kilometres south-west of Seattle. His mother was a cocktail waitress and his father was an auto mechanic. Cobain soon moved to nearby Aberdeen, a depressed and dying logging town.
Cobain was for most his childhood a sickly bronchitic child. Matters were made worse when Cobain's parent's divorced when he was seven and by his own account Cobain said he never felt loved or secure again. He became increasingly difficult, anti-social and withdrawn after his parent's divorce. Cobain also said that his parent's traumatic split fueled a lot of the anguish in Nirvana's music.
After his parent's divorce Cobain found himself shuttled back and forth between various relatives and at one stage homeless living under a bridge.
When Cobain was eleven he heard and was captivated by the Britain's Sex Pistols and after their self-destruction Cobain and friend Krist Novoselic continued to listen to the wave of British bands including Joy Division the nihilistic post-punk band that some say Nirvana are directly descended from in form of mood, melody and lyrical quality.
Cobain's artistry and iconoclastic attitude didn't win many friends in high school and sometimes earned him beatings from "jocks" Cobain got even by spray painting "QUEER" on their pick-up trucks. By 1985 Aberdeen was dead and Cobain's next stop was Olympia. Cobain formed and reformed a series of bands before Nirvana came to be in 1986. Nirvana was an uneasy alliance between Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and eventually drummer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Grohl
By 1988 Nirvana were doing shows and had demo tapes going around. In 1989 Nirvana recorded their rough-edged first album Bleach for local Seattle independent label Sub-Pop
In Britain Nirvana received a lot of recognition and in 1991 their contract was bought out by Geffen, they signed to the mega-label, the first non-mainstream band to do so. Two and a half years after Nirvana's first C.D. Bleach was released they released Nevermind, a series of different, crunching, screaming songs that along with it's first single Smells Like Teen Spirit would propel Nirvana to mainstream stardom.
Smells Like Teen Spirit became Nirvana's most highly acclaimed and instantly recognizable song. Not many people can decipher it's exact lyrics but Cobain used a seductive hookline to hook the listener. Nevermind went on to sell ten million copies and make a reported $550 million (US) leaving Nirvana overnight millionaires. Cobain was shocked at the reception of his highly personal and passionate music repeatedly telling reporters that none of the band ever, ever expected anything like this. It quickly became obvious that the obsessively sickly and sensitive 24yr old was not going to cope well with the rock'n roll lifestyle. "If there was a rock star 101 course, I'd really have like to take it," Cobain once observed. Cobain fell into heroin in the early 90's, he said he used it as a shield against the rigorous demands of touring and to stop the pain of stomach ulcers or an irritated bowel. Through the touring and pressure Cobain continued to write his very personal acutely focused lyrics.
Cobain was distressed to find out that what he wrote and how it was interpreted could quite often be miles apart. He was appalled when he found out that Polly a heavily ironic anti-rape song had been used as background music in a real gang-rape. He later appealed to fans on the Incesticide liner notes "If any of you don't like gays or women or blacks, please leave us the fuck alone." It was to no avail, Cobain found that as an overnight millionaire musician control was something he had very little of. Cobain also worried that his band had sold-out, that it was attracting the wrong kind of fans (i.e the type that used to beat him up.)
In February 1992 Cobain skipped off to Hawaii to marry the already pregnant Courtney Love. Later in the year Nirvana released Incesticide and in August Cobain had hospital treatment for heroin abuse. Shortly after Frances Bean Cobain was born. In early 1993 In Utero was released into the top spot on the music charts. In Utero was widely acclaimed by the music press and it contains some of Cobain's most passionate work. In Utero was a lot more open than Nirvana's previous albums. Songs like All Apologies and Heart Shaped Box detailed aspects of Cobain's sometimes shaky marriage, other songs like Scentless Apprentice detailed the agonies and struggles of Cobain's experiences.
Nirvana embarked on a support tour and recorded and filmed an "unplugged" (acoustic) performance for MTV in November of 1993. Nirvana's choice to honour bands and people that had influenced them and Cobain's passionate and intense vocals especially on "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"silenced many of their who had labeled Cobain talentless. Rumors circulated that the MTV Unplugged compilation would be Nirvana's last album and the band were splitting up.
Cobain was a gun fanatic and always had several in his possession or in various forms of confiscation. In the northern winter of 1993-94 Nirvana embarked on an extensive European tour. Twenty concerts into the tour Cobain developed throat problems and their schedule was interrupted while he recovered. While recovering Cobain flew to Rome to join his wife who was also preparing to tour with her own band.
On March the 4th Cobain was rushed to hospital in a coma after an unsuccessful suicide bid in which he washed down about fifty prescription painkillers with champagne. The suicide bid was officially called an accident and was not even made known to close friends and associates. Several days later he returned to Seattle. Cobain's wife, friends and managers convinced Cobain, who was still in deep distress to enter a detox program in L.A. According to a missing person's report filed by his mother Cobain fled after only a few days of the program.
Cobain was cited in the Seattle area with a shotgun. Days later on the 5th of April he barricaded himself into the granny flat behind his mansion, put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. On Thursday April the 7th ~ two days after a medical examiner says Cobain shot himself and the day before his body was found police say Courtney Love herself was taken to hospital in L.A. for a drug overdose. Released on bail, Love checked herself into a rehab center but left soon after a friend called her the next day with news of Cobain's death.
Cobain's body was found when an electrician visiting the house to install a security system went round the back of the house when no one answered the front door and peered through windows. He thought he saw a mannequin sprawled on the floor until he noticed a splotch of blood by Cobain's ear. When police broke down the door they found Cobain dead on the floor, a shotgun still pointed at his chin and on a nearby counter a suicide note written in red ink addressed to Love and the couples then 19 month old daughter Frances Bean.
The suicide note ended with the words "I love you, I love you." Two days after Kurt Cobain's body was found about 5,000 people gathered in Seattle for a candlelight vigil. the distraught crowd filled the air with profane chants, burnt their flannel shirts and fought with police. They also listened to a tape made by Cobain's wife in which she read from his suicide note. Several distressed teenagers in the U.S. and Australia killed themselves. The mainstream media was lambasted for it's lack of respect and understanding of youth culture.
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Baby boom box | Reviewer: Donna | 9/29/13
While pregnant with my son, I would always play Nirvana at home and in my car. He would always be kicking and going on inside mty belly, so when I played Nirvana, it somehow soothed him and calmed him down. When he was born 12/14/93, I still played it for him. It always put him in a calm state. Isn't it something how my son can play electric guitar by ear, and almost every instrument that way. Wow, how unreal. Thanks Nirvana. We miss you guys!
boris i | Reviewer: boris i | 5/8/13
i was born in 98, And after researching many sites on kurt cobain, ive felt this personal connecion between kurt and me, our lives and character hobbies and talents seem to have an extraordinay connection, as if im a reincarnated him. when i found out about him and nirvana when i was abou twelve i finally felt like i found a band with songs that all spiritally relate to me and my life plot. i am so thankful for his great music, is what kept me alive for the past three years!
nirvana | Reviewer: jrs | 1/4/13
kurt was an unbelievable talent,nirvana was an awesome band.unlike many of people posting here i am older the kurt,krist and have more life experience than many that have posted here and have no illusions about their infallibility. i do wish nirvana had left a larger body o f work to affirm their genius more than it is already. it been over years since kurts death and when i listen to nirvana's music it hurts as much as it did when i first heard of kurts death. there is something sweet and terrible about that which i don't understand fully,don't want to dwell on the pain i'll just listen and let the pain remain and be thankful of what was, that is enough...
kurt <3 | Reviewer: Alice (: | 8/5/12
Let me start by saying that I am a die-hard fan of Nirvana I've been listening to them since 3rd grade. My mother introduced me and I thank her for that. all I want to say is that if Kurt didn't shoot himself, he wouldn't be alive now anyways. he would have died from his heroin abuse. I used to ask myself why he killed himself and that it.was stupid. but then I believed it was a good thing because he didn't have to go through so much pain anymore. So it was a good/bad thing.. in my opinion. well Kurt Donald Cobain, you will forever be in my heart <3 ~Alice.
Kurt Cobain did not end his own life | Reviewer: Justice | 7/22/12
Listen I was reading this article and though i admire that you wrote about Kurt Cobain and mentioned a lot of true things, there are a lot of false things in this.
1. Kurt Cobain was NOT barricaded in the greenhouse. this is a lie by the Seattle Police Department
2.The arrest you mentioned about Courtney Love? SHE got herself aressted on PURPOSE
3.Kurt Cobain's mother DID NOT file the missing person's report! It was Courtney Love pretending to be Kurt Cobain's mother which is a FELONY!
4.The incident in Rome was NOT a suicide attempt! It was an accident, and one that KURT COBAIN WAS SHAKEN UP OVER!
5. During the incident in Rome, Courtney Love claims to have awakened at 3-4 in the morning to find Kurt Cobain unconscious, but the ambulance weren't called until 6:30 in the morning!Courtney Love deliberately waited until she thought Kurt Cobain was dead before she called the ambulance.
Please visit Cobaincase.com and follow me on Twitter @KurtDave1Krist
GOD OF THE ROCK BAND | Reviewer: AVINASH SHUKLA | 6/21/12
HEY DEAR I MISS U EVERY TIME BCOZ I LOVE UR ATTITUDE & SONGS ITS TOUCH MY HEART, UR SONG THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD & I AM A NOT GONNA CRACK, WHENEVER I LISTEN THIS SONGS I FORGET WORLD, WHY U DID.
Nirvana, In Utero | Reviewer: angelleena(x | 4/30/12
uhm,well i just read the biography of kurt cobain's life.and i really want to cry. to imagine the abuse and pain he had gone through in his life,including being homeless for a while,it feels like i wish i could have been there to support him.he truely was something different,something special, something too special to put your finger on,but i know that no one in the whole world could take his place or even be close to how fucken awsome he was.i love all his music,(In Utero being my favorite)and to all other nirvana lovers and kurt lovers, i love you all for supporting kurt and nirvana, which im pretty sure will never die out. R.I.P KURT COBAIN 4ever i will always love you and will always want to marry you.we all love you kurt.
kurt will soon come back | Reviewer: pt matthews | 12/4/11
i love kurt cobain the first eva song i heard by nirvana was Smells like teen spirit. i was only 3 years old somehow i was afraid of that song i never knew why. Then it came to me that was the 1st eva rock song i've heard i love kurt cobain i will always celebrate his death and birth eery year.
COVERING | Reviewer: SLACKER | 8/19/11
Hey what would all of you think of a nirvana cover band i mean no one cold ever beat kurt but for like live shows i think it would be so fucking awsome to go to a live show and here nirvana songs playing with a guy on volkols and gutar who cold captivate the place like kurt did?
KURT COBAIN | Reviewer: Phobe | 2/18/11
Kurt cobain is my idol. i love him to bits. i was born in 97, but i could have been a 60's kid for all the rock music knowledge i know. I am reading Kurt Cobain's jourlnal right now. He is amazing. He says if you read you'll judge and i just don't judge anyone. and I'll tell you something as a child my dad nicknamed me cobain, and i didn't really realize till 2 years ago. im a huge nirvana fan and i really like foo fighters-dave grohl the drummer from nirvana is the lead singer and plays various instruments. :) Unplugged in New york MTV Nirvana best album ever, could't live with out it- seriously
Interesting stuff | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/31/10
Well I have a good reason to believe he was murdered. Just take a look at this: www.cobaincase.com/ and you'll see.
After reading all the facts, and especially interesting summary of events, I just can't believe he commited a suicide. The media enlargened his self-destructiveness unfairly. The deal is, that he was simply quitting Nirvana, not his life.
Anyway, Nirvana is one of the best bands there ever will be, and their music will never die. The music, and especially the lyrics, are something that nothing can replace. Kurt was a genious, and such a beautiful person.
RIP Kurt Cobain, we miss you.
Kurt | Reviewer: Grant | 9/7/10
Hey I've just started listening to Nirvana about a year and a half ago and let me say this, there have never been so many songs that I could just listen to over and over again without getting bored. Since I started listening there hasn't been a day I haven't made sure I listened to Teen Spirit. All along I have also done a TON of research on Kurt and everything to do with Nirvana. Anybody wanna strike up a convo about Nirvana or any questions my email should be above... If not firstname.lastname@example.org. Just title it Kurt or Nirvana. Thanks
Never too late to discover a great | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/16/10
I used to get beat up on for listening to rock when I was younger, issue with being mixed and all but as I grew older I started to appreciate and explore. A few years ago I discovered Nirvana and fell in love with the sound. Never too late to take a look into the great music of the past. Cobain's story makes me grieve a little even if I never knew him or barely knew of him while he was alive. Can definitely tell that man was suffering it's just sad that his suffering had to end in such a way..
kurt cobain was a legand !! live on nirvana !! | Reviewer: GARRETT WILSON | 7/30/10
nirvana was a great not just great butt awsome the first time i herd about nirvana was win i listand to there song heartshapedbox wich i now how to play one guiter kurtcobain inspired me to play guiter plues i am in a band called theblackskies i am vicepriesdent of that band i was born in 1992 so i could of gone to see the m live butt i proble would of not now about them tell i was older i am now 17 about to be 18 so ha kurt is all was love no matter what i love the song he did come as you are and all the other song's nirvana did all of that band will be loved for ever and one more thing R.I.P KURT DOALED COBAIN FOREVER HA !!!!!!
Reply to Jesus Florez | Reviewer: Me(: | 7/17/10
Jesus, you honestly have no taste in music, what so ever. Don't came here to talk smack about kurt, okay? He was an amazing artist. & I agree with kayla. You need to get a life, in fact I heard they're selling some down at wal-mart. 50 percent off, can't beat that ;)!! Anyway, he has more talent then you & your mudder combined.! I bet you can't even strum a gutiar! So, like kayla said 'get a life'.
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