Kurt Cobain's Legacy: 22 Years Since The Nirvana Frontman Died

Kurt Cobain’s Legacy: 22 Years Since The Nirvana Frontman Died

Kurt Cobain was undoubtedly one of the most tortured souls of 90s music, and today marks 22 years since the Nirvana frontman died by his own hand. His daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, hadn’t even hit 2-years-old, and while her memories of her father are quite likely vague, given research that states that childhood memories tend to fade over time, according to WebMD, she is certainly surrounded by evidence of her father’s legacy.

Nirvana was a Seattle-based rock trio that hit the grunge rock scene in a big way. Comprised of Kurt Cobain, who played lead guitar and handled the vocals; Krist Novoselic, who took care of the band’s signature bass line; and drummer Aaron Burckhard (later replaced by Dave Grohl by the time Nevermind hit music shelves in 1991), Nirvana became a staple of the grunge rock scene in Seattle and began its recording career with “Love Buzz” in November, 1988.

This would only be the beginning of what would be a meteoric rise for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Their first album, Bleach, was recorded for around $600, according to Trust Me, I’m a Scientist. Producer Jack Endino billed the band a mere $20/hour, which was unheard of back then. The album was only the beginning of the story. It would be Nevermind that ultimately cemented the band’s place in rock history.

Krist Novoselic told Rolling Stone he had listened to the album recently and realized how powerful its impact was. Nevermind will turn a quarter century in September, 2016.

“I listened to some songs off it recently,” he said. “It’s a great record. It changed my life, that’s for sure.”

It continues to resonate with many in the 21st century as well.

Frances Bean Cobain is now working to ensure her soon to be ex-husband, Isaiah Silva, will not see a penny of the $450 million inheritance she received from Kurt Cobain. According to Consequence of Sound, California state law views inheritance as belonging to the heir, so Silva may not have a claim to it. However, the judge might award him appreciation of the assets from the marriage, in addition to homes, cars, or other valuables purchased during the couple’s union.

As for the second leading lady in Kurt Cobain’s life, Courtney Love, Perez Hilton reports that the Hole lead singer — and Frances Bean’s mother — and Frances Bean are on great terms following Frances Bean’s marriage breakdown.

“Courtney wants the best for Frances and is hoping this will be a clean and straightforward divorce process,” an insider apparently told People, according to Perez Hilton.

As a painful reminder of what was the end of Nirvana’s electrifying run — the band effectively disbanded following Kurt Cobain’s suicide, though the surviving members have reunited in one form or another for various music events — CBC News reported that Seattle police have released new images of the shotgun that Kurt Cobain used in his suicide 22 years ago.

While no one is quite sure as to why Seattle police would release such photos a good two decades after Cobain’s death, some on social media are theorizing that the images were released to dispel any conspiracy theories that might be afoot in the wake of the musician’s suicide.

On a happier note, though, audio of Kurt Cobain singing The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” has also been released. The recording is from Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, an authorized 2015 documentary about the musician.

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