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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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Perry Farrell Recalls Getting High With Kurt Cobain

Perry Farrell shares his recollections of meeting Kurt Cobain and his thoughts on 'Montage of Heck.'

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Lars Ulrich: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Was ‘Almost Too Much’

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that watching the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary was 'almost too much.'

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New Details on Kurt Cobain Album Emerge

'Montage of Heck' director Brett Morgen offers more details on how the upcoming Kurt Cobain solo release came to be.

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13 Unforgettable Kurt Cobain Moments

To get you in the mood for the premiere of 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,' check out these 13 Unforgettable Kurt Cobain Moments.

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‘Montage of Heck’ Director Brett Morgen Confirms Kurt Cobain Album Coming This Summer

'Montage of Heck' director Brett Morgen confirmed in a new interview that there will be a Kurt Cobain album released this summer.

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Portion of Kurt Cobain’s Will Turns Up in ‘Montage of Heck’ Documentary

Get a little more insight into Kurt Cobain by seeing part of this will that's featured in the 'Montage of Heck' documentary.

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Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus + ‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus on ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’

At the L.A. premiere for 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,' Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, 'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus and others spoke about the film.

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Frances Bean Cobain Delivers Surprise Speech at Kurt Cobain Film Premiere + Defends Her Style

The premiere of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck was at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater this week.

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Courtney Love Confirms She and Kurt Cobain Made a Sex Tape

Adding an extra twist to the story, it was Hole guitarist and former boyfriend to Love, Eric Erlandson, who shot some risqué footage of Kurt and Courtney.

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Courtney Love on Relationships After Kurt Cobain: ‘He’s a Hard Act to Follow’

Courtney Love says it's been difficult to maintain solid romantic relationships following her strong intimacy with Kurt Cobain.

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