Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain took his life in 1994 at the age of 27. The grunge rock icon is largely responsible for the rise of alternative rock and Nirvana’s Nivermind is considered to be one of the most influential and best rock albums to date. The combination of Cobain’s mystifying death and Nirvana’s far too short career, make it impossible to forget his contribution to the world. Today would have been his 50th birthday, sparking even more talk on his remembrance. 50 being a landmark birthday and given the success of a genre that Kurt Cobain basically created, it’s perplexing to think about how he would be celebrating.
Kurt Cobain’s influence can be seen all over the place, from his music to his looks. He was the poster child, literally so, of hipster fashion before it was a thing. There’s a chance that he could be hanging on the walls of any young alt rock fan’s bedroom, even if he or she isn’t familiar with Nirvana’s music. There’s a chance that he or she could actually be more familiar with Nirvana’s than one thinks given the incredible amount of artists that derive inspiration from the limited but far reaching catalog of Nirvana. Cage the Elephant, Fall Out Boy, Jay Z, Weezer, Arcade Fire, and Thirty Seconds To Mars are just a fraction of today’s artists who continue to expand Cobain’s legacy.
It’s hard to imagine what Kurt Cobain would have been doing today, especially since social media didn’t exist and the internet was at its infancy at the time of his death. There is some evidence that some seem to suggest hinted at a possible solo career. The last recording of Nirvana was for MTV Unplugged, which was released months after his death. Cobain showcases a mellow side in the recording, performing acoustic covers of Prince’s “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”.
Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, shared a touching image on Instagram earlier today, which was later shared by her mother, Courtney Love.