All apologies for the day's delay to this post. It is to pay tribute to Kurt Cobain who died 17 years ago yesterday, at the age of 27. If alive today, he would have been 44. In a celebration of his life and influence upon both a generation and musical movement, a statue depicting a Fender Jag-Stang guitar has been revealed in his home town of Aberdeen, Seattle.
Being brought up around the sounds of Nirvana post 1994, Kurt has been an ever-presence in many a teenager's musical upbringing. His punk rock ethic saw him wearing both his heart - and holes- on his sleeve and the raw, stripped back sound of Nirvana gave a territorial pissing on the sub-pop genres of the early nineties. Kurt once noted on Nirvana's sound that " Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock."
After the press and popularity of Nevermind in 1992, the organic punk rock seed grew into it's own. The movement was to be later re branded Grunge and in turn Cobain became a commodity, much to his distaste and discomfort. Kurt's non-style of layers, chunky knit cardi's, flannel shirts and staple converse all-stars [which since 2008 have been available in a limited edition Kurt Cobain collection] ironically twisted into articles of the trade.
With his dishevelled simple style and bleached, dip-dyed hair, Kurt always embraced the ideal to come as you are. Whilst the punk rock and grunge movement may have burned out, it has not truly faded away.
Kurt Cobain 1967-1994