Born In: Hoquiam, Washington, USA
Career: Musician / Songwriter for the rock band Nirvana
Death: 5th April 1994
Remembered for his strong lyrics and grunge rock style, Kurt Cobain was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the cult band Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was instrumental in getting his band noticed in the Seattle grunge scene. Though marred by many lows in his personal life, Cobain never let his music suffer and generated a cult following. Even years after his death, people still enjoy listening to his music. His violent suicide brought a wave of shock among his fans and apparently some were so disturbed that they also ended up taking their lives.
Kurt Cobain was born Kurt Donald Cobain on February 20th, 1967 at Hoquiam, Washington. His father Donald was an auto mechanic and his mother Wendy worked as a cocktail waitress. Since early childhood, Kurt had interest in music and would often sing the songs of popular bands of that time like the Beatles. When Kurt was seven years old, his parents divorced and that affected him adversely. His didn’t do too well at school mainly because of the lack of care and security that a family provides. They moved to Aberdeen when Kurt was still young, which had a depressing atmosphere.
Claim to Fame
Kurt Cobain was fascinated by punk rock of that time and was deeply influenced by the way the popular British rock band ‘Sex Pistols’. Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 with his school friend Krist Novoselic. They both used to practice in a room in the hair salon owned by Novoselic’s mother. After months of persuasion, he finally agreed to form a band with Cobain. After searching a lot, they settled for Dave Grohl as their drummer and released their first major album “Nevermind” in 1991. The single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” topped the charts and became an anthem of sorts. This album made Nirvana millionaire overnight and Kurt Cobain was reportedly shocked at the instant success!
Kurt Cobain met Courtney Love at a concert in 1989 in which he was performing. After being formally introduced, they both came to know about their mutual crush on each other. They both got married in Hawaii in the year 1992. The couple had a lovely baby girl on August 18th that year and was named Frances Bean Cobain. Though Cobain continued to make music, his health failed day by day. The reason for that was heavy use of drugs. He had bronchitis as a child and in early 90’s he got addicted to drugs and overused it.
On March 1st, 1994, Cobain was treated for bronchitis and severe laryngitis. It was during this time, he attempted his first suicide. Cobain gulped down some fifty painkillers with champagne. He was rushed to the hospital where he was treated and brought to a state of consciousness. He was convinced to join a rehab and detoxification program which he didn’t complete and escaped from there. On 5th April, Cobain locked himself in his room, took a gun, put it in his mouth and shot himself. Before committing suicide, he wrote a suicide note addressed to his wife Love and his kid. His fans were shocked and rock music had lost an icon.
Kurt Cobain Albums
- In Utero
- MTV Unplugged in New York
- From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah