Nineteen years ago Friday, the singer for the most important American rock band of the '90s died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home. Kurt Cobain was only 27, leaving behind his wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
His legacy includes recording one of the most influential catalogs in rock music, upending the music business by proving an indie-inspired act could become a blockbuster, defining a generation's style and proving that the loudest, heaviest band in rock could also be one of its most feminist and introspective. His death prompted an outpouring of grief and tributes from fans that continues today.
As his bandmate Dave Grohl makes the rounds promoting his "Sound City" documentary - which featured extensive footage of Nirvana recording "Nevermind" - Friday is a sad but worthy occasion for a deep dive into some classic Nirvana.
You don't need Pop & Hiss to remind you of the hits - the intro drum fill to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is perhaps the most instantly rousing sound in the last 20 years of music.