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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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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Frances Bean Cobain’s Estranged Husband Allegedly Seeking Kurt Cobain’s ‘Unplugged’ Guitar in Divorce

The guitar Kurt Cobain played during MTV Unplugged is a bone of contention in the divorce proceedings between Frances Bean Cobain and her estranged husband.

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Handwritten Letter From Kurt Cobain May Be Sold By Musician Juliana Hatfield

In 1993, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain penned a handwritten letter to Juliana Hatfield. 23 years later, Hatfield may sell the note for no less than $20,000.

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Courtney Love Explains Leaving Billy Corgan for Kurt Cobain

In an extended interview clip, Courtney Love explains one of the reasons that led to her leaving Billy Corgan for Kurt Cobain.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Angry Kurt Cobain Letter to Label Chief David Geffen To Be Auctioned

An angry letter Kurt Cobain penned to DGC label head David Geffen over a Vanity Fair article is set to be auctioned off in New York.

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IDW Publishing

Graphic Novel Reimagining Kurt Cobain’s Life Due in October

A new graphic novel titled 'Who Killed Kurt Cobain?' reimagines the singer's life through the eyes of an imaginary childhood friend.

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22 Years Ago + 14 Years Ago: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain + Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley Die on April 5

On April 5, 1994, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain died, while Alice in Chains' Layne Staley would pass on April 5, 2002.

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Seattle Police Release Photos of Kurt Cobain Suicide Shotgun

New photos have surfaced from the Seattle Police of the shotgun Kurt Cobain was ruled to have used in his suicide.

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Kurt Cobain’s Ex-Girlfriend Goes After Courtney Love, Supports Murder Conspiracy Theorist

Mary Lou Lord penned messages on how she supports Kurt Cobain murder conspiracy theorist Tom Grant and how she's been threatened and abused by Courtney Love.

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Vinnie Zuffante / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Kurt Cobain Once Called Max Cavalera to Find Out Where to Score Heroin in Brazil

Max Cavalera's wife, Gloria, recalls a time when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain called the Sepultura frontman to get some advice on where to score heroin in Brazil.

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Courtney Love Pens Christmas Letter to Kurt Cobain + Frances Bean Cobain

Courtney Love looked back at one Christmas she shared with Kurt Cobain and daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

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