of Birth: February 20, 1967
of Birth: Aberdeen
of Death: April 5, 1994
Donald Cobain was born on the 20th of February 1967 in Aberdeen,
which is located about 120 kilometres Southwest of Seattle in
the state Washington. He grew up in a mid class society and was
hyperactive as a child, as a result he was prescribed a morphine
based drug to help him concentrate in school. The drug often kept
him awake until 4am in the morning so he was given sedatives to
be able to get some sleep.
Kurt had a happy childhood, until he was seven years old when
his parents got divorced. It was an ordinary divorce, but Kurt
got very upset about it. He became shy and difficult to cope with.
The years after the divorce Kurt moved back and forth from his
parents. In the end his parents did not want anything to do with
him so he had to move in at some relatives. This period of his
life is also reflected in his lyrics, e.g. in Sliver.
Kurt did not like school, he felt lonely and lost. He liked to
paint and sing, but the other boyís were more into football and
stuff like that. Most of the girls liked Kurt and he spent much
time with them. The boyís wanted to hang out with Kurt to come
closer to the girls, but Kurt hated the guts of those macho boys.
Kurt felt more like a girl rather than a boy and has later told:
"I'm a heterosexual . . . big deal. But if I was a homosexual,
it wouldn't matter either."
Kurt was nine years old he only listened to The Beatles and The
Monkees, but in -79 his father joined a record-club and he started
to listen to music like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Kiss.
He also started to listen to British alternative rock like Sex
Pistols and The Clash.
2nd of February 1981, on Kurtís 14th birthday, he bought his first
guitar. And in the years to follow he tried to create his own
music style and started to hang out in the Seattle nderground,
where he was roadie for a band called Melvins.
In May 1985 a few weeks before graduation Kurt dropped out of
school and started to work. He had a few jobs but it was never
a success, and he never held on to a job for that long.
Nirvana was started in 1986 of Kurt Cobain and Krist Novaselic.
Kurt played the guitar and sang while Krist played bass-guitar.
After a few attempts with some different drummers they wereít
satisfied until they where introduced to Dave Grohl by the vocalist
of the Melvins, which became the new drummer of Nirvana. They
made their first demo in 1988 and it didnít take long until their
first single was released. Already the next year they released
their first album,Bleach. This album cost a total of 600$ to record,
which isnít so much. They then started to tour in the U.S. and
later that same year they had their first European concert in
The following year they released a new single without very much
success. By now Nirvana thought they had got an unfair welcome
in the industry, and they decided to change record company from
Sub-Pop records to Geffen records. In 1991 they signed a contract
with Geffen records and started to produce their next album which
was to be named Nevermind.
24th the same year Nevermind was released and debuts as number
144 on the hit lists, but after an interview on MTVís Headbangers
Ball and an appearance on NBCís Saturday Night Live the album
climbs right to the top spot hit their hit song "Smells like teen
Kurt had never expected to be so popular and did not even like
the idea of being a main stream rocker. He hated the commercial
part of Nirvana and had several times encouraged the audience
to stop buying their records and to stop coming to their concerts.
Kurt thought most of the fans were false fans and only liked their
hit single "Smells like teen spirit". In this period Nirvana mostly
played arena rock shows and this wasnít the way they liked to
preferred to play in small clubs where the energy gets more intense
and intimate. But because of their bad habit to crush guitars,
amps and so, they had to do the arena rock shows because of the
money. Kurt also started to use heavy drugs more often in this
period, such as heroin and morphine. At this point Kurt described
himself as suicidal.
24th of January 1992, Kurt got married to the former stripper
Courtney Love in Wakiki, Hawaii. She is now known for her
band Hole and is also doing a god job in the film industry, The
People vs Larry Flint, whatever. Six months after they got married
they had a child, Frances Bean. When Courtney was pregnant there
were big (?????)Ö in the press which claimed she was using heroin
while she was pregnant with Frances. Courtney, of course, denied
all of this,
but she did not deny that she was using heroin. She claims she
stopped using heroin that instant she got to know she was pregnant.
The other members of Nirvana hoped Kurt would calm down now that
he had a wife and kid This was also the fact, for a while.
In this period they recorded a new album, Incesticide. This album
was supposed to "get rid off" all the false fans which they got
under the Nevermind success, with the more peculiar sound which
reminded some of the Bleach days and some of the tracks were even
supposed to be on Bleach. They succeeded in this. In the beginning
of 1993 they recorded what was to be their last studio recorded
album, In Utero. This album was recorded in two weeks, but wasnít
released for another six months, due the work-title "I Hate Myself
And I Want To Die. This title reflects the fact of Kurt being
When Kurt was on a seminar in July 1993 he overdosed on heroin.
Courtney injected him with an illegal drug to save him. Later
that same day he went on stage and played a concert, no one noticed
anything. From now Kurtís drug abuse was starting to get out of
hand. Courtney threatened several times to divorce him if he did
not get treatment for his abuse. He agreed to get treatment for
his abuse, but didnít last long at the rehab centre. He later
escaped from this centre although it was voluntary. He said this
was a place for retards or something. It wasnít a proper place
for him to be.
the beginning of 1993 Nirvana played anMTV unplugged concert,
and they played what was to be their final concert in Munich 29th
Mars 1994. One week later Kurt was hospitalised in a coma. The
next day he awoke and asked for a milkshake. After a few days
he left the hospital by his own will. Kurt disappears after this
and is reported missing by his wife. She also hires a private
investigator to trace him, she fears that he might show up dead.
8th of April 1994 Kurt was found dead in his own house, of what
appeared to be a shotgun blast to his head three days earlier.
Two days after there were a memorial where Courtney read a part
from his suicide note. Kurt had said earlier that same year that
he never expected to reach the age of 30. Unfortunately he was
right. He became a rock legend like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin
and Jim Morrison. They all became 27.
Later that year their unplugged in NY was released, and this album
got great response although it was weird to hear Nirvana without
their distorted guitars.
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