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Wikipedia Summary for Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the guitarist, primary songwriter and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. Through his angst-fueled songwriting and anti-establishment persona, Cobain's compositions widened the thematic conventions of mainstream rock music. He was often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X and is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock.

Born in Aberdeen, Washington, Cobain formed the band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard in 1987 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene which later became known as grunge. After signing with major label DGC Records, Nirvana found global success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their critically acclaimed second album Nevermind (1991). Although Cobain was hailed as the voice of his generation following Nirvana's sudden success, he resented this, believing his message and artistic vision had been misinterpreted by the public. In addition to "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Cobain wrote many notable songs for Nirvana, including "About a Girl", "In Bloom", "Come as You Are", "Lithium", "Polly", "Something in the Way", "All Apologies", and "Heart-Shaped Box".

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction and chronic health problems such as depression. He also struggled with the personal and professional pressures of fame, and had a tumultuous relationship with his wife, fellow musician Courtney Love. In March 1994, Cobain overdosed on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol, and subsequently entered an intervention and underwent a detox program. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle at the age of 27; police concluded he had died on April 5 from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.

Cobain was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, in their first year of eligibility in 2014. Rolling Stone included Cobain in its lists of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, 100 Greatest Guitarists, and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He was ranked 7th by MTV in the "22 Greatest Voices in Music". In 2006, he was placed 20th by Hit Parader on their list of the "100 Greatest Metal Singers of All Time".

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I'm really interested in smells. I think I'd like to own a perfumery someday.

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Humans are stupid. I'm ashamed to be human.

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By definition pop is extremely catchy, whether you like it or not.

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If chasing cool is important to you, you're an idiot!

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With the lights out, It's less dangerous. Here we are now, Entertain us. I feel stupid, And contagious. Here we are now. Entertain us.

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If you guys throw one more shoe or one more coin, I'm just going to leave my guitar next to my amp and there's going to be massive feed back for an hour.

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I only remember a few things about Jimmy Carter. He had big lips and liked peanuts. I now know that Jimmy Carter was and is a good man.

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I liked anything that was a little bit weird, a little bit different. I always went for the psychotic, weird, 'dingey' bands.

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We're just musically and rhythmically retarded. We play so hard that we can't tune our guitars fast enough. People can relate to that.

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Married, Married, Married! Buried! Yeah yeah yeah yeah.

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I get a thrill meeting kids who are into alternative music.

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Alternative music is no longer alternative once it's in the mainstream.

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Before I die many will die with me and they'll deserve it. See you in Hell.

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If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on.

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Longer Version:

If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I'm not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got.


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I just can't believe that anyone would start a band just to make the scene and be cool and have chicks. I just can't believe it.

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I don't need to be inspired any longer, just supported.

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My mother always tried to keep a little bit of British culture in our family. We'd drink tea all the time!

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My father is incapable of showing much affection, or even of carrying on a conversation. I didn't want to have a relationship with him just because he's my blood relative. It would bore me.

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Do your own thing. Others own their own thing. If you copy too much, you'll find yourself in late night cocktail lounge cover band limbo.

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I called Leo Fender, the dead guy, a dork. Now I'll never get an endorsement.

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That's what music is: entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it.

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I'd rather hang out with the losers that would sit and smoke a cigarette than the ones who wanted to throw a baseball.

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I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.

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I'm not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off the homophobes.

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Total peace after death, becoming someone else, is the best hope I've got.

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Oh well, whatever, nevermind.

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No matter what you do or say, there's nothing that you can do to make people understand you.

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When I was younger I knew I could do anything -- I could be the president if I wanted to, but that was a stupid idea -- I'd rather be a rock star.

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Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years.

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A miserable, self-destructive, death rocker... better to burn out than to fade away.

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I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away.

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If I could get that girl Courtney Love to publish her poetry, the world would change.

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I wouldn't wear a tie-dyed tee-shirt unless it was dyed with the urine of Phil Collins and the blood of Jerry Garcia.

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You know what I hate about rock? I hate tie-dyed tee shirts. I wouldn't wear a tie-dyed tee shirt unless it was dyed with the urine of Phil Collins and the blood of Jerry Garcia.

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I'm not going to say a damn word about it being tough; I'm having the best time of my life!

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There is nothing I like more than pure underground music.

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Wearing a dress shows I can be as feminine as I want. I'm a heterosexual...big deal, but if I was a homosexual, it wouldn't matter, either.

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Zits are beauty marks.

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I wish there had been a music business 101 course I could have taken.

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Punk rock should mean freedom, liking and excepting anything that you like. Playing whatever you want. As sloppy as you want. As long as it's good and it has passion.

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Live music is the most primal form of energy release you can share with other people besides having sex or taking drugs.

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And I do, god, how I do love playing live, it's the most primal form of energy release you can share with other people besides having sex or taking drugs. So if you see a good live show on drugs and then later that evening have sex, you're basically covered all the bases of energy release, and we all need to let off steam. It's easier and safer than protesting abortion clinics or praising God or wanting to hurt your brother; so go to a show, dance around a bit and copulate.


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When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band -- or at least in a Pixies cover band.

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Why in the hell do journalists insist on coming up with a second rate Freudian evaluation on my lyrics when 90% of the time they've transcribed the lyrics incorrectly?

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Maybe we can change some kid's life and stop him from becoming a welder or a sleazy lawyer.

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I'm going to be a superstar musician, kill myself, and go out in a flame of glory.

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John Lennon was definitely my favorite Beatle, hands down.

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Frances and Courtney, I'll be at your altar
Please keep going Courtney, for Frances
For her life, which will be so much happier without me
I love you, I love you.

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I'm all for stage diving, but just don't step on my pedals.

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If you're really a mean person you're going to come back as a fly and eat poop.

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I just hope I don't become so blissful I become boring. I think I'll always be neurotic enough to do something weird.

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Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out.

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If you read, you'll judge.

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Forever in debt to your priceless advice.

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My heart is broke, but I have some glue, help me inhale and mend it with you.

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I use bits and pieces of others' personalities to form my own.

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The finest day i ever had was when tomorrow never came.

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In the sun I feel as one.

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Here we are now, entertain us.

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All In All Is All We Are.

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I'm worse at what I do best.

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Longer Version:

I'm worse at what I do best. And for this gift, I feel blessed.


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Dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are.

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Nobody dies a virgin. Life fucks us all.

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They laugh at me because I'm different; I laugh at them because they're all the same.

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Friends are nothing but a known enemy.

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People ask me what's like to hear our song on the radio. I don't know, I don't listen to the radio.

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Music is energy. A mood, atmosphere. Feeling.

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Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.

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She eyes me like a pisces.

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Out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. They're cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound like crap and are very small.

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It must be one of those narcissists who only appreciate things when they're gone. I'm too sensitive. I need to be slightly numb in order to regain the enthusiasms I once had as a child.

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I don't care what you think unless it is about me.

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I hate myself, and I want to die.

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I think I'm dumb or maybe just happy -- think I'm just happy.

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I would love to be erased from our association with Pearl Jam or the Nymphs and other first time offenders.

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Practice makes perfect, but nobody's perfect, so why practice?

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I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn't.

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Though the sun is gone, I have a light.

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When I listen to 'Nevermind,' I hate the production, but there's something about it that almost makes me cry at times.

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I wanted to be in a punk band before I had even heard any punk music.

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Ever since the beginning of rock and roll, there's been an Axl Rose. And it's just boring. It's totally boring to me.

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I'm not well-read, but when I read, I read well.

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I've always wanted male friends that I could be real intimate with and talk about important things with and be as affectionate with that person as I would be with a girl.

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I've always had a problem with the average macho man -- they've always been a threat to me.

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I bought a gun and chose drugs instead.

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If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!

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I sing and play the guitar, and I'm a walking, talking bacterial infection.

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We're so trendy we can't even escape ourselves.

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I like to complain and do nothing to make things better.

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If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first.

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