Kurt Cobain's (obligatory Wikipedia link
) body was found at his home on April 8, 1994. His estimated time of death was three days previously - that is, seventeen years ago yesterday.
The influence of Cobain and Nirvana, musically and culturally, remains at issue: the Village Voice described them in their introduction to Everett True's columns as "one of the most overrated bands of the 90s", and added a tag ribbing True for his frequent references to Cobain
. As a rule of thumb, getting a Weird Al Yankovic
(Google video, sound) parody song is a sign of at least ephemeral cultural importance. However, long after Cobain's death, the anniversary still occasions tributes both heartfelt and bewildering.
Rolling Stone reprints Neil Strauss' longform piece on Cobain from 1994.
Actor and Musician
Jared Leto dresses as Kurt Cobain and performs two Nirvana songs
(YT, NSFW for language), in the style of Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York
(link to contemporary NME review).
Local artists Kim and Lora Malakoff unveil a 13-foot statue
of the Cobain-designed Fender Jag-Stang guitar in his hometown of Aberdeen, WA.
Not strictly speaking an April 5th tribute, but the inspiration for this post: Kathleen Hanna, performing last December at Our Hit Parade
at Joe's Pub, NY, talks about Cobain and performs Smells Like Teen Spirit
(YT, NSFW for salty stories, language, nudity).