Kurt Cobain: The Anniversary Of The End

Kurt Cobain, an icon of grunge music.

On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain, a grunge music icon, was found to have been dead for 3 days. Despite a huge amount of speculation and conspiracy theory, he wasn’t murdered.

Recently, March 20, new photos of Cobain’s suicide surfaced, CNN reported. Upon the developing and examination of the new photos, police came to the same conclusion. As an attempt to debunk the conspiracy theories going around, some of the photos were released to the public. All of that came out just in time for the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.

Is that really what should be focused on at this time? Cobain, and the band Nirvana, might not have invented grunge, but they led the genre in that time. The word “icon” is not handed around to just anyone and, in his short time, Kurt earned that status. Now, for the 20th anniversary of his death, people are still preoccupied with trying to change the tragic circumstance that occurred.

Instead of delving into the blood of his last day, a celebration is coming up. It will be a celebration allowing fans of Kurt, Nirvana, and grunge in general, to look back on the time of Cobain’s life with a smile instead of sadness.

On April 10, 2014, only two days after the twentieth anniversary of the day the world would have to learn to live without Kurt Cobain, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre.

Nirvana’s first album, Bleach, was released in 1989. Bands are eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first album drops. They might not have received the most fan votes, but there’s something to be said for them being nominated at the very first possible moment. It shows just how influential the poetic grunge band was, both in the time of its lead singer Kurt Cobain and now.

It’s hard to say how Cobain would have reacted to the news. He didn’t always take well to his success. Many people assumed Kurt was just putting on an act, but delving into just the lyrics of Nirvana songs could put those thoughts to rest. The mix of depression, stomach pain and drug issues proved to be too much for the icon, but it didn’t stop him from leaving a significant impact on the world. That impact is what Kurt Cobain should be remembered for.

One of the quotes in Cobain’s suicide note was from a Neil Young song. “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” I think it’s safe to say that even after 20 years Kurt Cobain hasn’t even begun fading away.