Kurt Cobain was an American rock musician and artist. He is widely known as founding and singing, playing guitar, and writing for highly influential grunge band, Nirvana.
Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen, Washington, on February 20, 1967. Cobain took an interest in music from a young age, often singing to songs of The Beatles, The Ramones, and The Melvins. At 14, Cobain began to learn and play the guitar, mastering songs from Led Zeppelin and The Cars. Cobain would also try and play music with jus about anyone he could.
Eventually he would come across Krist Novoselic, an acquaintance from high school and fellow lover of punk rock. After much talk and convincing, the two would form the the early beginnings of Nirvana. Together with drummer Chad Channing, they would record Bleach under Sub Pop Records in 1989 to minimal success.
However, the band would soon blow up with the release of Nevermind in 1991, which was recorded with new drummer Dave Grohl. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the album’s lead single, would go on to be one of the biggest songs in the 90′s and of all time, while the album itself would become one of the most influential and greatest selling albums in histry. The album would also topple Michael Jackson’s Dangerous to reach the #1 spot in Billboard’s Hot 100. To date the album has gone on to sell over 30 million copies.
Following the monumental success of the record, the band could be heard all over the airwaves and TV. However, around the same time, Cobain began having difficulties copping with the newfound fame as he was not a fan of celebrity status. The band were touring around the world and scheduling media appearances around the clock.
In 1992 Cobain would marry Hole frontwoman Courtney Love and father a daughter, Frances Cobain. Around this time, Cobain would also begin to partake in heavy drugs including heroin. Despite this, the band released their second album In Utero to much critical acclaim as it reached the top of the charts. Singles such as “Heart-Shapped Box”, “Rape Me” and “All Apologies” also hit near the top of the charts as well.
On April 8 1994, Cobain’s body was discovered in his Washington home after committing suicide from an apparent shotgun blast. He left only a suicide note. As the world mourned the loss of the biggest rock star of the 90′s, the band disbanded. He was 27.
Kurt Cobain’s legacy will widely be remembered as one of the most influential musical talents in history. Along with Nirvana, Cobain would help create a new sound of rock and alternative rock, influencing future acts Soundgarden anf Pearl Jam.
Albums (with Nirvana)
In Utero (1993)
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