Twenty years ago, the music world lost one of the most bold forces in rock n' roll. It was on this day Kurt Cobain took his own life in his home in Seattle.
Cobain has influenced rock in the two decades since his death. His unique style has lived on through his music. You can still hear “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Heart-Shaped Box” play almost every day on any rock station across the US.
Cobain began his musical career at age 14 when he bought his first guitar. Enjoying rock acts like the Sex Pistols and The Clash, Cobain began working on his own style.
He dropped out of high school a few weeks before graduation and tried to find steady work for the next 5 years. It wasn’t until 1986 that he finally found his place with Nirvana.
The band released Bleach in 1989 and toured across the US and the UK. In 1991, the band switched to Geffen Records and signed Dave Grohl as their drummer. Their release of Nevermind rocketed them to fame almost instantly. Tracks like “Come As You Are” and “Lithium” were played across the country.
The rock and roll lifestyle began to get to Kurt and in the early 90’s he began using drugs to cope. His life was starting to bottom out before he met Courtney Love and had a child in 1992.
Cobain’s drug use didn’t slow down much after meeting Love and he continued to use heavily and landed in rehab. He failed to complete the program and continued using.
The band continued to play on and soon released In Utero in 1993. Shortly after the release, Cobain had another battle with drugs and a coma, Cobain disappeared for three days until he was found in his home with a self-inflicted shotgun wound.
While some still argue if it was a suicide, nothing has been conclusive. The note Cobain left has been examined numerous times and most experts still rule it as his own writing.
Cobain and the rest of Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. Also on the agenda for the legendary vocalist is a planned musical on his life that Courtney Love is helping produce.
Take a minute out of your day, and remember what Kurt Cobain accomplished in his short, but amazing life!