Artbreak: Kurt Cobain, The Fetal Prophetic Muse

Artbreak: Kurt Cobain, The Fetal Prophetic Muse by upbeatmag.

Kurt Cobain was definitely not one to conform. He didn’t fit in with the macho stereotype imposed on young males in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. He was also harassed at high school for befriending a gay student.  At age 14, Kurt’s fate took a new course when his father bought him his first electric guitar.  Cobain was largely influenced by heavy metal and punk bands and started writing songs soon after picking up the guitar. Within a short time of leaving school, he recorded an album and his band Nirvana signed with Geffen Records. The release of the bands 2nd album Nevermind in 1991 through Cobain and his band into mainstream success. Kurt Cobain had found a way to deal with his feelings. He discovered an outlet from his emotions through music. Although the band was really successful, Cobain was a reluctant, unwilling spokesman for his generation. He was uneasy with notoriety. A misfit within the institution called rock and roll, Kurt Cobain’s punk values put him at odds with rock stardom that the world was so eager to thrust upon him. In the song “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” from Nirvana’s 3rd album In Utero, Kurt even went as far as to declare “I do not want what I have got.”

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~ by upbeatmag on November 1, 2011.

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