“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are” – Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 20th 1967 in Washington, USA. His childhood was considered a happy one until his parents divorce when he was 9. This event caused Kurt to become troubled and angry. As a teen he frequently stayed with various relatives or friends’ parents, even sleeping under bridges occasionally as he began to use drugs. He was musically inclined from an early age, in the mid 80’s he began playing with local band the Melvins and created a homemade tape with the drummer. This tape managed to grab the attention of local bassist Krist Novoselic. Nirvana was created by Cobain and Novoselic in 1987.
One of their demo tapes found its way to record label Sub Pop who subsequently signed the band in 1988. Nirvana were catapulted to worldwide fame in 1991 with the release of the album Nevermind. Kurt was hailed as the voice of his generation, a title which never sat right with him. Kurt married Courtney Love in 1992 and welcomed their daughter that same year. In Utero, Nirvana’s final studio album was released in 1993 in which Kurt turned against his fame. He had been battling depression for a long time at this point as well as suffering from chronic stomach pain.
Kurt turned to drugs to treat his issues, his drug of choice being heroin, which he frequently used in the years after Nirvana’s rise to fame. To numb his chronic stomach pain he would take a variety of painkiller. Kurt overdosed and slipped into a coma in March 1994 while he was in Rome, this was later thought to have been a failed suicide attempt. April 1994, Kurt snuck out of a Los Angeles drug treatment centre and returned to his home in Seattle where he ended his own life. He was just 27. It was discovered that a high concentration of heroin as well as diazepam were in Kurt’s system, it was a gunshot that ended his life however.
Kurt Cobains story is an incredibly sad one. The breakdown of his parents marriage clearly had a profound effect on him and it was something I don’t think he ever got over, he was clearly struggling and I am not 100% sure why he didn’t seek out help other than the drug treatment centre in LA. Maybe he didn’t realise how bad things were mentally, maybe he did but was too afraid or ashamed to seek help , or maybe he knew how ill he was but thought he was handling it?
We will never know…
It’s just incredibly sad to me because his daughter had to grow up without her dad. The Cobains lost their son,brother,grandson. And the world lost an incredibly talented musician.