It would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday yesterday. The Nirvana frontman tragically took his own life on April 5 1994, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy that can, perhaps, never be equalled. Your Twitter and Instagram feeds were, no doubt, flooded with inspirational quotes that Kurt gave the world. “They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re the same” is a goodie, as is “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are”.
Extraordinary, isn’t it, that Kurt – who, remember, was just 27 when he died – could be so wise in addition to being so incredibly talented that he gave us the likes of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘All Apologies’, irrevocably changing alternative music the world over. There’s absolutely no doubt that his legacy lives on in the work of countless artists and, as you’ll have noticed on your feed, there’s no chance of his supernatural talent being forgotten any time soon.
In addition to music fans, tributes poured in from those that knew Kurt the person, as opposed to Kurt the rock star – most movingly from his ex-wife, Courtney Love, and daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Messages came in, too, from musicians that have continued Kurt Cobain’s tradition of being fearlessly creative and punk as fuck. If there was one thing Kurt stood for, it was refusing to take anyone’s bullshit. Here, then, are the most moving homages paid to Kurt yesterday.
Courtney posted a sweet, candid snap
And Frances Bean broke our hearts
Who knew fashion designer Marc Jacobs was a Nirvana fan?
— Marc Jacobs (@marcjacobs) February 20, 2018
New York shoegazers DIIV shared a thoughtful message about their hero
i guess i thought a lot about kurt the past year, as a kid i followed his lead probably way too much, and while he didn't live long enough to become a proper role model for a manageable existence, i'm grateful for all he was able to offer along the wayhttps://t.co/td1mXCPhhH
— DIIV (@DIIV) February 21, 2018
And there were wise words from the God of Fuck
Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Listen and remember his greatness.
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) February 20, 2018
Legendary rockers The Breeders were feeling nostalgic
— theBreeders (@thebreeders) February 21, 2017
One guitar great paid homage to another…
— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) February 20, 2018