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Kurt Cobain (20.02.1967 - 05.04.1994) - American musician

Kurt Cobain was a prominent American musician, rock singer and guitarist. He was probably best known for the rock-project called “Nirvana”. Born in Aberdeen, Washington, he had many European roots: Irish, Scottish, German, English. His Irish ancestors migrated to Canada in the 19th century and then moved to the USA.

Curt was born on February 20, 1967, in a humble family. His mother was a housewife and his father was a mechanic. However, he had some other relatives who were involved in music industry. For example, his uncle was from the “Beachcombers” band, his aunt played the guitar in various local ensembles. One of his distant grandfathers made a career of a tenor and starred in “King of Jazz” (1930).

He started showing interest in music at a very early age. When he was two he enjoyed singing “Beatles” songs, when he was seven he got his first drum as a present from his aunt. When he was nine his parents divorced and it had a bad impact on him. He became sullen and unhappy. His life was a mess as a teenager. At first he lived with his mother, then he moved in with his father. After his favourite uncle committed a suicide he became even more disturbed.

There were times when he lived at his friends’ place or with relatives. At the age of fourteen he learned to play the guitar. His first teacher was the musician from “Beachcombers”. After graduation from school Curt was often caught drinking or wandering. Once he spent eight days at a cell for trespassing someone else’s territory being drunk. He loved reading and his favourite writers included Leo Tolstoy, J. D. Salinger, Patrick Suskind. The later author’s story about the perfume creating murderer inspired Cobain to write a song “Scentless Apprentice”.

In 1985 he established his first band “Fecal Matter”, which didn’t last. The second band was more successful. Changing several titles, it was called “Nirvana” and in 1988 they released their first single, a year later - an album “Bleach”. The second album “Nevermind” was highly demanded. It brought Cobain’s band not only commercial success, but also world fame. His personal life was connected with Courtney Love. A couple met in 1989, but it wasn’t until 1991 that they started dating. A year later they got married, as Courtney was pregnant.

They daughter Frances was born on August 18, 1992. At that time Curt was already experiencing some health problems. He was known for poor health from the very childhood, but taking into account that he overused alcohol and drugs, it got even worse. In spring 1994 he was hospitalized after an attempt to take over fifty pills of Rohypnol and to wash them down with champagne. He seemed to be ready to undergo the treatment at one of the Californian rehabilitation centers, but at the beginning of April he escaped from the hospital.

On April 8 early in the morning Kurt was found dead in his Seattle house. It was a real shock for his numerous fans. After the cremation his ashes were partially scattered over the river in his native Aberdeen, WA, and partially passed to Courtney. There is an unofficial memorial bench dedicated to Cobain in Viretta park.

Биография Курта Кобейна на английском языке. Biography of Kurt Cobain
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