September 11, 1992 |
"I don't want my daughter to grow up and someday be hassled by kids at school . . . I don't want people telling her that her parents were junkies." Kurt Cobain, the 25-year-old leader of the acclaimed and hugely successful rock group Nirvana, is sitting in the living room of his Hollywood Hills apartment, holding Frances, his and Courtney Love's 4-week-old baby. It's Cobain's first formal interview in almost a year, and it takes time to open up. A shy, sensitive man, he speaks easily about his daughter, but there's one thing he's uncomfortable talking about even though he knows he has to. Nirvana is the hottest new band to come along in years, and several of the articles on the group have speculated about Cobain's alleged drug use. He now admits that he's used drugs, including heroin, but never as much as has been rumored or reported in the rock press.
July 25, 2011 |
Amy Winehouse's tragic death at her home this weekend has left her family as well as fans all over the world mourning the loss. The soulstress, known for such hits as "Rehab," was found dead at her London home Saturday. She joins Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and others as singers who died at the age of 27. If autopsy results indicate that a drug overdose was involved, Winehouse would be far from the first star to fall because of substance abuse. Often, instead of succumbing to such high-profile killers as cocaine, these celebrities died from a combination of relatively common prescription medications, such as codeine or OxyContin.
October 25, 2006 |
Rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley ceded his crown as the top-earning dead celebrity to Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain. Forbes.com said Cobain earned $50 million between October 2005 and October 2006. Presley wound up in the No. 2 slot with $42 million. Forbes.com bases its dollar amounts on licensing deals for using the deceased celebrities' work or image in advertising or elsewhere. This was Cobain's first time on the list. Presley has topped the list since its inception six years ago.
July 24, 2013 |
If you're feeling a slight rupture in the space-time continuum this week, that's because one young Virginia Tech Nirvana fan has somehow time-traveled from the early '90s. That's the only explanation for this bewilderingly misinformed letter from a Hokie mascot . The letter, sent to the band's one-time label Sub Pop and currently making rounds in rock blog-land, asked that the grunge trio record a video message in support of the school's upcoming homecoming festivities. This would be a monumental task, as the band's singer Kurt Cobain died in 1994 in one of rock's most tragic and famous suicides.
April 25, 1994 |
A lot of people do not realize how much of a role model Kurt Cobain played in the lives of so many young teens. His outstanding lyrics, which he tried so desperately to write from his heart, express pain, anger and hate from his childhood memories. These honest, humble lyrics immediately built a bond between him and his many fans alike ("In Seattle, a Mood of Teen Dispirit," April 12, Calendar). He expressed his feelings in a way his fans wish they could have, but never knew how.
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April 14, 1994 |
Kurt Cobain's words spoke to a number of young people upset about the prospect of a nothing life at nothing wages. The media have dubbed us Generation X--a generation no one knew what to do with. Whether your parents told you, you learned it in school or it's just a story you heard, we've learned a lot of things. Our parents can be together, divorced, fighting, dating or alone. Some of us have sex, use condoms, get pregnant, have abortions, have babies or get AIDS.