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The Fallen Messiah of Generation X

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 10:05 AM
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On April 5, 1994, the lead singer and songwriter of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, silently placed the end barrell of a shotgun into his mouth and pulled the trigger. And so ended the life of so much promise. But why did it have to come to this? Perhaps the reasons will never be known, but there were a few things that haunted Cobain throughout his life that he just couldn't seem to get away from.


  Cobain's parents were seperated when he was nine years old, and according to friends and family, the divorce that would shortly follow thereafter proved itself to be somewhat of a turning point in the way Cobain viewed himself and others. Up until then, Kurt was a happy child who was full of smiles and who also was ready and willing to forgive anyone who hurt him. But that all changed in 1976.


    For the rest of his life, Cobain would never forgive his father, and in time he had a hard time forgetting about his problems.


    In 1981, Cobain recieved his first guitar on his fourteenth birthday. It was no secret that he liked music. He loved the Beatles and would sing a song whenever someone asked him to. He was already showing the signs of a talented youngster who held promise in music and writing. In 1986 Kurt decided to start a band with his good friend, Krist Novoselic. They went through several different names before finally settling down with Nirvana. For a few years Kurt played at clubs, bars, and anywhere else that a gig was happening.


  In 1989, Nirvana had the opportunity to record an album. Kurt, Krist, and Jason Everman recorded Bleach in three days for a said amount of $600. Sub Pop backed the band up, along with other bands who were hoping to hit it big. But Kurt never wanted that. He wanted Nirvana to remain an underground band. Within two years Bleach had sold 35,000 copies, and by 1991, Nirvana was ready to record another one. They initially signed with Sub Pop Records, but when Sonic Youth signed with Geffen, Kurt went ahead...

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