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Thanks to the wholly unexpected, almost unprecedented overnight success of his band, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain became, not only the reluctant figurehead for the 1990s alternative rock movement, but arguably the biggest rock star of his generation and, finally, its ultimate martyr, when he took his own life. Born Kurt Donald Cobain, in the small town of Aberdeen, Washington, on February 20, 1967, the shy child of a broken home found some answers to his troubles in music, as he shuttled from home to home to occasional homelessness, and struggled to fit in in school before dropping out, two weeks prior to high school graduation. Cobain, who was by now a talented guitarist and immersed in the northwest punk rock scene, eventually moved to Olympia, Washington where he founded Nirvana with old Aberdeen friend Krist Novoselic (bass) and later recruited drummer Chad Channing. This trio began performing regularly and duly signed with Seattle’s emerging Sub Pop Records for the release of debut album, ‘Bleach,’ in 1989 — then “graduated” to major label Geffen before recording their sophomore breakthrough, ‘Nevermind.’ This, of course, catapulted the trio (now featuring Dave Grohl on drums) to universal stardom and more mainstream attention than they had ever dreamed of — or wanted. But Nirvana did what they could to cope, filling the next few years with incessant touring and releases like the odds and sods collection ‘Incesticide’ (1992) and third album ‘In Utero’ (1993), which saw former Germs guitarist Pat Smear brought into the fold. Meanwhile, Cobain had started a combustible, often drug-fueled relationship with Hole singer and guitarist Courtney Love, whom he eventually married (their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was born in August of 1992), generating even more unwanted headlines and media attention. By the early months of 1994 Cobain’s life was unravel-ing completely, due to his ever-more-mixed feelings about rock stardom, chronic stomach pains, and several failed attempts at rehab (among other personal demons). And on April 5, the troubled band leader committed suicide in his Seattle home, leaving a void that in some ways marked the symbolic end of the alternative rock movement — though his legacy with Nirvana, obviously lives on.

 
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Courtney Love Pens Heartbreaking Note to the Late Husband Kurt Cobain

Courtney Love wrote some emotional posts over the weekend directed at her late husband Kurt Cobain.

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Watch Unsettling End Scene Cut From ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’

A scene that director Brett Morgen cut from the final version of his acclaimed film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' has surfaced.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Soundtrack to Include Unheard Tracks + Comedy Routine

Look for unheard music, audio montages and even a comedy sketch in the upcoming 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' soundtrack.

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Lawsuit Seeking Release of Kurt Cobain Death-Scene Photos Dismissed by Seattle Judge

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by conspiracy theorist Richard Lee, who had sued the city of Seattle and its police department in an attempt to gain access to potentially graphic death-scene photos of Kurt Cobain.

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Potential Release of Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos To Be Argued in Seattle Court

Today (July 31) a judge will hear argument on whether or not to proceed with a trial that may result in the release of graphic photos of Kurt Cobain's death.

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Foo Fighters Series, Kurt Cobain Documentary Earn 2015 Emmy Nominations

Foo Fighters and Kurt Cobain were among the rockers named when the 2015 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday (July 16).

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Scott Weiland: Kurt Cobain’s Passing ‘Was Our Generation’s Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

Scott Weiland was recently asked to comment on Kurt Cobain’s death for a new book called Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's.

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Dave Grohl ‘Terrified’ to Watch ‘Montage of Heck’ Documentary

Dave Grohl revealed in a recent interview that he has seen part of the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary, but was 'terrified' to continue.

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Courtney Love Attempts to Stop Screenings of Kurt Cobain Murder Docudrama ‘Soaked in Bleach’

'Soaked in Bleach' explores the theory that Courtney Love was responsible for Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death, which was official ruled a suicide in 1994.

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Melvins’ Buzz Osborne: I Don’t Understand How Anyone Could Possibly Defend Courtney Love

In a recent interview, Buzz Osborne not only backs up his critical review of 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck', but goes into further detail about why he wrote it.

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