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Everyone draws their own personal line around such events and there is bound to be a point where even the most curious onlooker at a train wreck … Read More
Everyone draws their own personal line around such events and there is bound to be a point where even the most curious onlooker at a train wreck is going to be sickened. For me, and for many others, that apex was hit by "the picture" in the Seattle Times on the morning of Saturday, April 9th. It ran on the front page, four columns of glorious full color. It was a picture of Cobain lying dead on the floor of his greenhouse. You can see Kurt's torso, his right leg, his black Converse tennis shoe, his clenched right fist. A door blocks the view of his head, his left arm, and, presumably, the shotgun he used to shoot himself. His Converse shoes are tied just the way every left-handed kid in America ties them, with big balloon knots. The picture ran under the banner headline "Kurt Cobain's troubled last days," but the headline, or even the story, was hardly necessary after seeing the photograph. Can you remember a time when either Seattle paper has run a picture of a corpse on the front page? The artwork I've continued to experiment with featuring Kurt Cobain is my reflection of a brilliant man whose life was far more intricate and loving than anything else. His lyrics weren't "coded secret messages", they fit the music. In fact, Cobain only wrote one song about an incident which he found to be gruesome... yet reflective of the human will to survive. "Polly". Cobain was also an artist. His art flowed deeply into the roots of how he observed all that surrounded him. My artistic studies of Kurt Cobain are a tribute to removing boundaries, to liberating your perception. Read Less
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KURT COBAIN— An Experimental Multi-Media Study
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are” —Kurt Cobain
Smells Like Teen Spirit became Nirvana's most highly acclaimed and instantly recognizable song. Not many people can decipher it's exact lyrics but Cobain used a seductive hook line to hook the listener. Nevermind went on to sell ten million copies and make a reported $550 million (US) leaving Nirvana overnight millionaires. Cobain was shocked at the reception of his highly personal and passionate music repeatedly telling reporters that none of the band ever, ever expected anything like this. It quickly became obvious that the obsessively sickly and sensitive 24yr old was not going to cope well with the rock and roll lifestyle. "If there was a rock star 101 course, I'd really have like to take it," Cobain once observed. Cobain fell into heroin in the early 90's, he said he used it as a shield against the rigorous demands of touring and to stop the pain of stomach ulcers or an irritated bowel. Through the touring and pressure Cobain continued to write his very personal acutely focused lyrics. Cobain was distressed to find out that what he wrote and how it was interpreted could quite often be miles apart. He was appalled when he found out that Polly a heavily ironic anti-rape song had been used as background music in a real gang-rape. He later appealed to fans on the Incesticide liner notes "If any of you don't like gays or women or blacks, please leave us the fuck alone." It was to no avail, Cobain found that as an overnight millionaire musician control was something he had very little of. Cobain also worried that his band had sold-out, that it was attracting the wrong kind of fans (i.e the type that used to beat him up.)