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Dead Person of the Day April 5 – Kurt Cobain

0 Comments 05 April 2012

Ok Folks,

Bear with me. Today’s DPD really strikes a chord with yours truly. While the staff and I were describing the approach to the write up I was riding an internal rollercoaster of emotions.

Kurt Cobain.

First, let me start by saying I loved Nirvana. Still do. I’m not sure they revolutionized the state of rock and roll (as the following obit posits) but they definitely served as a weathervane to help the rest of us truly see which way the rock and roll winds were beginning to blow. Nirvana helped unseat MJ has the popular sounds at the top of the charts. But everything’s cyclical. Change is in the DNA of rock and roll. Elvis and the Beatles revolutionized rock and roll Nirvana just helped establish a vogue. Everyone that came after was just riding the crest.

Nirvana kicked a healthy amount of ass. They had a particular and unique way to articulate teen angst in a manner that not a lot of bands prior to them had. Cobain was a killer song writer. In fact, if you sit down and read through his lyrics he had the rare talent of being more of a poet than a songwriter – and there’s a distinct difference. Poets have a gift of perception and expression, song writers write songs.

But here’s the part that bothers me about Cobain and his legacy. Its well documented he had issues dealing with the fame. He didn’t like the corporatization that comes along with crossing over to mainstream success. In an interview with the NYT Cobain had this to say about his future plans:

“I’m trying it one last time, and if it’s more of a pleasant year for us, then fine, we’ll have a career. But I’m not going to subject myself to being stuck in an apartment building for the next 10 years and being afraid to go out-side of my house. It’s not worth it.”

I get that. He didn’t want the limelight. Fine. But be a goddam man about it. Go out there, kick some ass, make your money, then go home and kick it. Don’t be a goddam whiner and give an entire generation of kids even more of a reason to be lumps on logs.

Like I said I love Nirvana and Cobain in particular. He was a rare talent that doesn’t come along often. I just think he took the easy way out. Is it hard being a rock star? I have no idea. But of seen Rock Star starring Mark Wahlberg and I think I’d kill that role. But I do shit that bums me out literally every day. But I push on, have a beer or two at the end of the day and keep passing by open windows like the overwhelming majority of us do.

So, with a heavy heart….Lets get our obit on.

Kurt Cobain, Hesitant Poet Of ‘Grunge Rock,’ Dead at 27

Published: April 09, 1994

“Nirvana will be remembered for revolutionizing the state of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1990’s, pulling it away from a processed, rather synthetic sound and returning it to something more sincere,” said Michael Azerrad, the author of “Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana,” published last year by Doubleday.

“It’s hard to be a young person nowadays,” said Renae Ely, a 20-year-old college student. Tears were streaming down her cheeks. “He helped open people’s eyes to our struggles.”

Jim Sellars, a 21-year-old nursing assistant, said, “The bond is hard to describe, but he was a lyricist who could feel the way we do.” He said Mr. Cobain was an inspiration. “I’m still in shock, I feel so numb that someone who helped us understand is now dead.”

“As a songwriter, Kurt was really one of the greatest talents of pop music,” said Charles Cross, editor of the Rocket, a Seattle music magazine. “His songs were so emotional and so full of personal pain.” Continue 

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