Cobain (right) performing with Nirvana at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards
|Birth name||Kurt Donald Cobain|
|Also known as||Kurdt Kobain|
|Born||February 20, 1967
Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 1994 (aged 27)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Genres||Alternative rock, grunge|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, artist|
|Labels||Sub Pop, DGC/Geffen|
|Associated acts||Nirvana, Fecal Matter|
Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 - c. April 5, 1994) was an American musician. He was the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana, which also included bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl. He was born in the city of Aberdeen, Washington.
Cobain was very influential in creating what came to be known as grunge music. Grunge musicians pushed back against music they saw commercial and shallow. Grunge was a reaction against 1980s stadium rock and metal bands that were more concerned with appearance than sound. Nirvana's best known song is "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which was often referred to by the media as an anthem for Generation X and grunge itself.
Cobain was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder. He started using drugs when he was a teenager. He often used cocaine and heroin. Later in his career, he was admitted to special drug treatment hospitals several times. The last time, he escaped to his home. Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself with a gun in 1994.
In 2002, some of Cobain's private journal entries were published in a book called Journals.
Kurt Cobain started Nirvana with fellow friend Krist Novecselic in 1987. They practiced hours a day with many different drummers until Scream drummer Dave Grohl joined in 1990. After the release of their hit album Nevermind, Nirvana became mainstream. Often Cobain expressed frustration with his fame. They went on to release one more album In Utero with Steve Albini. Cobain said that this album was the one he was looking for, the sound he had in his head for their last two albums. The band broke up after Cobain's suicide in 1994.
- "The Kurt Cobain Equipment F.A.Q.". kurtsequipment.com.
- "Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee". http://www.kurtcobainmemorial.org/. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
- Even in his youth
- Wiederhorn, Jon (October 21, 2002). "Pages From Kurt Cobain's 'Journals' Published - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1458248/cobain-journals-excerpts-published.jhtml. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
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