Kurt Cobain

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Kurt Donald Cobain
February 20, 1967
Aberdeen, Washington

Kurt Cobain is remembered as one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.

Cobain was born in Grays Harbor Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. Cobain came from a musical family. His maternal uncle, Chuck Fradenburg, played the flugelhorn; his aunt, Mimi, played guitar and performed in bands throughout Grays Harbor County; and his great-uncle, Norbert, had a career as an spoon player. 

Kurt was described as being a happy and excitable child, who also exhibited sensitivity and care. His talent as an artist was evident from an early age. He was often in trouble at school for his obscene drawings of Ronald Reagan. 

When Cobain was nine years old, his parents divorced. He later said that the divorce had a profound effect on his life, while his mother noted that his personality changed dramatically; Cobain became defiant and withdrawn, escaping further into music. 
Nirvana! 'Nevermind' was released September 24, 1991. The album became a huge unexpected breakout smash and soared to number one on the charts. 'Nevermind' ushered in the grunge movement, and Kurt Cobain was silently elected as the spokesperson of a generation. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was their rallying cry. 

Nirvana has sold over 25 million albums in the United States alone, and over 80 million worldwide. The success of 'Nevermind' provided numerous Seattle bands, such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, access to wider audiences. As a result, alternative rock became a dominant genre on radio and music television in the U.S. during the early to middle 1990s. Nirvana was considered the "flagship band of Generation X".

Kobain developed into an amazing songwriter, constantly working on his craft. His major influences were The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Black Sabbath, The Sex Pistols, The Stooges and The Velvet Underground. 

Kobain was plagued by poor health, drug abuse and depression. The Cobain's had a family history of suicide, mental illness and alcoholism, two uncles had committed suicide with guns. Kurt died on April 5, 1994. Another casualty of Rock n Roll. Kurt passed away way too young and is a member of the 27 club. 

Remembering Kurt on his birthday! Thank You for the music! We Love and Miss You!
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