Kurt Cobain

Alternative rock, Celebrity

1967 – 1994

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Who was Kurt Cobain?

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album Bleach released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989.

After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its 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 often uncomfortable and frustrated, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention. He challenged Nirvana's audience with its final studio album In Utero. It did not match the sales figures of Nevermind but was still a critical and commercial success.

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially 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 US, and over 75 million worldwide.

Famous Quotes:

  • I was looking for something a lot heavier, yet melodic at the same time. Something different from heavy metal, a different attitude.
  • I'm so happy because today I found my friends - they're in my head.
  • I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.

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Born
Feb 20, 1967
Aberdeen
Also known as
  • Kurdt Kobain
  • Kurdt Cobain
  • Nirvana
  • Kurt Donald Cobain
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Irish American
  • English American
  • French American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Aberdeen High School
Lived in
  • Aberdeen
  • Seattle
Died
Apr 5, 1994
Seattle

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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