Kurt Cobain

Searching for Clues — and Closure — in Ian Curtis’ and Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Archives

Ian Curtis wrote in all caps, often with a Sharpie. When he wanted to change a word in his lyrics or notes, he’d scratch out his former word choice utterly completely — as if he wanted to erase it from existence. In a lot of ways, the Joy Division leader’s handwriting seems to reflect his personality: “Ian was a very definite person,” says Jon Savage, the co-editor of So This Is Permanence, a collection of Curtis’ notebooks released last month by Chronicle Books. “If he didn’t like something, he would eventually make his displeasure shown. He was a Cancer.” … Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on What They Were Like as Teenagers

It’s hard out there for a teenager. It’s even kind of hard out there for those of us who used to be teenagers — especially in these back-to-school months, when the nostalgia comes creeping up like those floods we used to wear and never, ever should again. But you know who was probably even stranger than you in high school? Your favorite cultural icon. Or maybe not — as is only to be expected, some had joyful (and/or prank-filled) teenage years, some suffered tragedies, some were completely weird, some were popular, and some deserve our respect for even getting through. Click through to read 50 cultural icons on their teenage… Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Notorious Celebrity Profiles, From M.I.A. to Chris Evans

In a world where you have more options for satisfying your longform reading needs than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, their status as classics, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking some of the most notorious celebrity profiles from then and now. … Read More

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Courtney Love Leaves a Gaping Hole in Our Hopes for a Hole Reunion

Between lonely glitter parties, controversial notes in wallets, an upcoming solo album, turning 50, and a possible Hole reunion, Courtney Love has… Read More

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Frances Bean Cobain Is Right About Romanticizing Rock-Star Suicides — But Lana Del Rey Isn’t the Only One Who Needs to Listen

You may have read this morning that Frances Bean Cobain took Lana Del Rey to task over Twitter for the comments Del Rey made in an interview with The Guardian last week: “I wish I was dead already,” she told her startled interviewer in the context of a discussion about her musical heroes. “I don’t wanna have to keep doing this. Everything. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, I wouldn’t say it.” One of the heroes she cited was Kurt Cobain, and his daughter was not impressed: “The death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize,” she tweeted. “I’ll never know my father because he died young, and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it’s cool. Well, it’s fucking not. Embrace life, because you only get one life. The people you mentioned wasted that life. Don’t be one of those people.” … Read More

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10 Charming Fan Letters From Cultural Icons

Last night, as you’re well aware, the fourth season of Game of Thrones came to a close, and everyone went bananas. And perhaps, somewhere, some future literary superstar penned a fan letter to George R.R. Martin, telling him what an inspiration his work is. It’s not too much of a stretch — presumably in preparation for the finale, iO9 dug up that great fan letter that young Master Martin wrote to Marvel’s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, raving over the greatness of a recent Fantastic Four issue. Such a missive is a blast to read now; it’s also but one example of the fine tradition of superstars who reveal themselves (either before their own fame or after it) to be super-fans. … Read More

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One In a Million? Why We’re Still Talking About Aaliyah

Aaliyah made genre-redefining albums in the 1990s and died way too young. She was involved in a controversial marriage, and her breakthrough video was set in a high school gym. Her catalog comprises three studio albums, and new artists can’t wait to assert their cred by covering her songs and name-checking her in interviews. … Read More

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The Kurt Cobain Wallet Letter Is Just Another Opportunity for the Internet to Lazily Vilify Courtney Love

(Update, May 5 – Courtney Love has confirmed, via Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross in the Seattle Times, that she wrote the letter in 1991.)

(Update, 6:20 p.m. - The mysterious crop job of the note has been addressed with a full scan of the note, via grunge authority/journo Mark Yarm’s Tumblr. The note had been cropped in its original release, seemingly either by Seattle PD or CBS News, who broke the news. The last sentence reads: “Will you promise to fuck her at least once a week OK.” Now it really seems like something Courtney Love wrote in jest (except maybe that last part))

Kurt Cobain’s suicide will not die. This week, as we’re still coming off Cobain’s 20th deathiversary and Nirvana’s Rock Hall Induction, the Seattle Police Department released their detective’s full re-examination of his suicide file, which came to the same conclusion. This re-examination, which featured 34 newly released photos from the death scene, revealed a scan of a note found in Cobain’s wallet when his body was found in the greenhouse of his Seattle home on April 8, 1994. … Read More

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Kurt Cobain Would Have Loved Lorde Fronting Nirvana

There’s not a great deal to be said about Nirvana’s Hall of Fame induction that hasn’t been said a gazillion times already. (If you haven’t seen the performances yet, there’s plenty of video here.) Still, it’s been depressingly predictable to see the complaints this morning about Lorde’s participation, with people bitching that she “hasn’t earned the right” and is “too pop,” etc. A couple of points here: first, the two remaining members of Nirvana chose the evening’s singers, and they have “earned the right” to do pretty much whatever the fuck they want. And second, I rather get the feeling that a certain K. Cobain would have enjoyed the idea of a 17-year-old girl from New Zealand fronting his band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. … Read More

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