On the 8th April 1994 I was just into my third year at University studying social/youth work. Whispers around campus circulated through our classroom that Kurt Cobain had been found dead. I was a little shocked but not completely surprised. Only in the years ahead did I appreciate what a talent the world had lost. I have to admit I was never a huge Kurt Cobain fan, I was in the other camp of young people who liked Pearl Jam. (Ironically, Kurt didn’t care too much for PJ). At the time he was seen as a hero by disaffected youth and those who were older than us just didn’t get it. “What do you have to be sad or depressed about ?” I heard many parents telling their kids. Late ’94 I actually wrote a short essay on Nirvana and “Smell like teen spirit” for an elective on ‘young people and popular culture’. Unfortunately today, that essay is long gone (lost forever). Nevertheless, fellow blogger Sean Munger has written an amazing piece today that resonates similar feelings and thoughts I have of Kurt Cobain. Though, he says it ten times better ! Enjoy reading.
Three days ago, April 5, was technically the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, but today, April 8, is the anniversary of the day we all found out about it. On April 8, 1994, the founder and frontman of the grunge band Nirvana was discovered in his home at 171 Lake Boulevard East in Seattle, Washington, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He’d been lying there dead for three days. His body was found by an electric company employee, who called an alternative rock station even before he called the police. Not only has the world never been quite the same since, but in a real sense the world is still mourning Kurt Cobain, and in some ways that are not entirely constructive.
Cobain’s death was nothing less than a watershed in American popular culture. You can make a very real argument that April 8, 1994 was the day the Baby Boomer…
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