A Tribut to Kurt Cobain
It is three years ago, since the „Godfather of Grunge“ killed himself in
his luxury house in Seattle. At that time his suicide dropped many Kids
into deepest sadness. But who was Kurt Cobain, the man,who couldn’t just
enrich a generation with his music, but them, with his „Fuck on the
world“- attitude,in there whole existence and thinking changed?
Kurt Cobain was born on the 20th of February 1967 in Aberdeen, a little
logger town in Washington state. Already when he was a little boy, Kurt
was brought into medical treatment because of his hyperactivety. Already
as a child he was pained by a chronical bronchitis. He also had a spinal
curvature, with wich he had problems untill his untimely death. In spite
of these pains, Kurt was a happy child, something he always tried to
emphasize in the interwievs.An essential point in his life was the
divorcing of his parents in 1975. Kurt was interested in music pretty
early.So for example he listened to groups like The Beatles and later
also to Kiss, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. When he was 12
years old, his oncle gave him a guitar. So he started to play the guitar
and very soon he wrote his first songs. When he was composing he feltas
if doing a job. It was probably the only job he has ever liked in his
Kurt spent the next summer with prowling and bespattering of houses and
cars of the bigwigs. That’s how he met Krist, the son of Yugoslavien
immigrants. Like Kurt, Krist also came from a disordered family. They
also both grew up in Aberdeen and didn’t like the area pretty much.
Krist was bassist, and because of that Krist and Kurt founded a band for
a short time. They started to play in Krist mother’s house. But oneday
they lost their enthusiasm for playing music, and sepparated themselves.
One year later they got together again. This time with the drummer Bob
McFadden. They played a couple gigs in and around Aberdeen. The success
wasn’t good at all and so they sepparated from Bob McFadden and got a
new drummer with Aaron Burckhard. But he also had to go after a short
time, because the differences in the mucicial scope were too big.
Finally they found a drummer with Chad Channing, who could satisfy their
high expectention. Still during the same summer they recorded their
first single Love Buzz, and at Christmas in the same year their
debut-album Bleach. The costs for the recording were only 607 dollars.
The disc was published in the summer ‘89 in England and later in the
year also in the States. At the time they were already kind of famous
and so the album was pretty well sold, and soon they went on an
underground-tour with a low payment.
They gave their concerts in a kind of monotony. They filled themselves
up with alcohol and smoked pot. Most of the time when Krist wasn’t on
stage he was occupied with taking something to get high. But when their
tour was over, Kurt and Krist realised, that Chad Channing was also not
the right one for there plans and so they left their third drummer. But
this should be their last drummer-change, because Dave Grohl wasn’t only
a great drummer, Dave Grohl could harmonize with Kurt and Krist on
stage, something that didn’t didn’t work with the three others before.
Afterwards Kurt called the time that came now the best in their whole
band history, because they were slowly getting famous, but it wasn’t
that everybody on the street knew them. There was no pressure from
outside and the mood in the band was pretty good.
In spring 1991 Nirvana started the recordings for their second album;
Nevermind. During this work Kurt met Coutney Love, who is the bandleader
of Hole. Between Kurt and Courtney there was a kind of appeal that some
of their friends described as occult. But Kurt had to invest a lot of
time for the new disc, on which all the texts and every melody was
written by him.
In November 1991 the album was published and got really successfull all
over the world in a short time. The song Smells like Teen Spirit was
played all the time on the music chanel MTV and the clip to In Bloom was
one of the best Rockclips that was ever made. But Kurt was never happy
with the worldwide glory they had. At that time Kurts drug abuse
started, what had bad consequences for himself and the band. Kurt
asserted, that a reason for his heroin dependency was his gastric ulcer,
whose excruciating pains during the intoxication were getting better and
against which no doctor could ever help him untill that time. But the
main reason was probably his unhappy personality. The only moments, in
which he had a kind of statisfaction, was the time, when he was together
with Courtney. Kurt had strong feelings for Courtney and so in February
1992 they got married. But even on the day of their wedding Kurt
couldn’t be without his drug and took some heroin before the ceremony
started. But when Courtney found out that she is pregnant, both of them
stopped taking heroin which probably wasn’t that easy.
At the 18th of August 1992 Frances Bean Cobain was born. Nirvana had
meanwhile not been on stage for over a year. Kurt enjoyed the life with
his family, even though it wasn’t positivly influenced by the withdrawl
treatment he had. The only thing they did during this time was the
unsuccessful album Incesticide. In july 1993 Nirvana gave their comeback
on stage, to test the peoples reaction for their new disc In Utero. Even
though the album was strongly criticized, it was defended by Kurt till
the end. It was an extremly difficult assignment for Nirvana to be as
successful with the new one as with the Nevermind-album, because this
one became cult-status in only two years. Half a year later, Nirvana
gave their legendary „Unplugged in New York“-concert, which was also
obtainable on CD. Nobody had a premonition at that time, that it would
be the last album during Kurts’s life. After they had broken up a tour
in Italy, Kurt went back to his house in Seattle. On the 8th of April
1994, he was found death by an electrician in a garage next to his
house. Doctors determined that he had been death for two days.
When Kurt Cobain died didn’t loose the world only a genius of music, but
a man who helped the Grunge onto the peak. His name was the
personification of this way of music. However of his death the memories
for Kurt Donald Cobain will never get lost. He created with his music
something, what couldn’t do a lot of artist before him. Even though the
most of his hits can be played by every better schoolband. But may be it
was exactly this simpleness, what made his music so fantastic. Even
better than his music was his voice. It came from deep inside of him and
when you hear it, you get a feeling, like hearing his suffering soul.
Also amazing was, that Kurt got so famous, even though there were
between his first international success in November 1991, and his
suicide in Aril 1994 only 5 1/2 years. And even today , three years
after, his music can ispire the people for a new time.
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