Kurt Cobain Analysis

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Nevermind served as a vehicle to express Cobain’s personal and social commentary. The album begins with what has now become one of the most famous teen anthems, Smells Like Teen Spirit. This track singlehandedly assured the unprecedented and unexpected success the album would enjoy. Cobain’s listeners immediately fell upon the lyrics trying to dissect them and relate to the song. The song, to them, voiced their unvoiced fears and angers. Cobain’s demand in the song when he wails out, “Here we are now, entertain us” found resonance with the multitude of listeners who were tired of being left behind and ignored. Soon Cobain would abandon the song and not play it at live performances. He would later state that he never understood why the song became an anthem and was given a superior status while the other songs were equally important. He further commented in his interview for the Rolling …show more content…
A shotgun and a suicide note lay beside his cold, dead twenty seven year old body. Cobain’s death too was to be interpreted and to add to all ironies, it was decided by the world that he had quit his life on his own terms. His death at the age of twenty seven instantly immortalised him and created a myth of him; a myth that connected him with several other artists who had died at the same age. The infamy of young death would further blur the meaning behind the works of his life. Even in death, Kurt Cobain could not escape the scrutiny of his generation and the wardens of his generation who could not understand the enigma he had become. A generational icon, a talented yet troubled young man, Kurt Cobain could no longer bear his own existence for reasons that would be best known to him. For a man who revolutionised the music industry and inspired a generation and the ones to come, he stayed true to the last words written in his suicide note and decided that it was better to burn out rather than just fading

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