Jeff Burlingame is a speaker and author of more than 30 books for children, teens and adults. This episode features a biography Jeff wrote about a former friend and later rock icon. The book is Kurt Cobain: Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind. Although this book is about the life and early end of his friend, it marks the beginning of Jeff as an author.
Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American musician, artist, singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet. Born in Aberdeen, Washington, Cobain formed the band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in 1987 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene and grunge genre. Nirvana's debut album Bleach was released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989.
After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from their second album Nevermind (1991). Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labeled “the flagship band” of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as “the spokesman of a generation”. Cobain, however, was often uncomfortable and frustrated with that label, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention.
The above photo was taken by Bruce Hilliard, Memorial Day 2016. It is beneath the now graffitied Young Street Bridge in Aberdeen where, it is said, Cobain used to find refuge and even sleep. Only Kurt would know. Oh well, whatever, nevermind.