Kurt Cobain died 19 years ago today. R.I.P.

Nineteen years ago Friday, the singer for the most important American rock band of the '90s died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home. Kurt Cobain was only 27, leaving behind his wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain. 

His legacy includes recording one of the most influential catalogs in rock music, upending the music business by proving an indie-inspired act could become a blockbuster, defining a generation's style and proving that the loudest, heaviest band in rock could also be one of its most feminist and introspective. His death prompted an outpouring of grief and tributes from fans that continues today.

As his bandmate Dave Grohl makes the rounds promoting his "Sound City" documentary - which featured extensive footage of Nirvana recording "Nevermind" - Friday is a sad but worthy occasion for a deep dive into some classic Nirvana.

You don't need Pop & Hiss to remind you of the hits - the intro drum fill to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is perhaps the most instantly rousing sound in the last 20 years of music.

So instead let us send you to their "Live at Reading" concert film, the famed 1992 show where Cobain performed in a hospital gown to a sea of fans with nothing more than his songs and presence to carry that huge stage. It's hard to imagine anyone will reach these heights of fame influence sounding as brutal and thoughtful as this again.

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Comment by Ryan on April 5, 2013 at 1:44pm

R.I.P. Kurt

I am a firm believer that Kurt did not commit suicide, and that Courtney had something to do with his death. If you want an interesting read, I suggest the book "Love & Death". 

Comment by Chris Piazza on April 5, 2013 at 1:45pm

Just curious as to what other collectors think.....as original as Nirvana was a a group, and Kurt as a songwriter...do you feel as a collector that signed Kurt items(authentic) of course should command the price of items signed by the fore-fathers of rock n roll...(Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, my holy grail Gram Parsons.....) is it justified?

Comment by Chris Piazza on April 5, 2013 at 1:47pm

I of course realize the rarity....In Utero is amazing, but I can never see myself spending 1200 USD on a authentic signed piece

Comment by Chris Piazza on April 5, 2013 at 1:48pm

In retrospect its about the music!

Comment by Ryan on April 5, 2013 at 1:51pm

I'm a huge Nirvana fan, I remember listening to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on repeat for HOURS when it came out. Kurt is the reason I picked up a guitar and still play to this day. That being said, I've never had the desire to own a Kurt autograph for two reasons: 1. Authenticity is ALWAYS a question on Kurt sigs 2. The price is way too high for my checkbook. 

However, I think the price is justified. If I had a piece signed by Kurt Cobain right in front of me, it would take every bit of $1,000+ for me to sell it. (and I never would...) 

Comment by Chris Piazza on April 5, 2013 at 2:01pm

I understand he was incredible for the short period of time he was with us...

Comment by J.Seah on April 5, 2013 at 2:10pm

April 5, 1994 The Day The Music Died. :(

Comment by Brian M. Wazac on April 5, 2013 at 3:49pm

R. I. P. Kurt. 

& Chris, YES I do think his price is justified....But thats just me. KURT smells like teen spirt!

Comment by Chris Piazza on April 5, 2013 at 3:57pm


Comment by Alastair Mulholland on April 5, 2013 at 4:17pm
I must own every book thats been writ on nirvana and kurt cobain,love and death and who killed kurt cobain are a good read, but drugs killed kurt cobain.I find it hard to believe that he could leave behind a baby daughter though.


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