To quote the great Bill Hicks, “We live in a world where John Lennon was murdered, yet Barry Manilow continues to put out f**king albums.” And, even though Kurt Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide surrounded by controversy, the end result holds equally sad but true. Seventeen years after his tragic death, you’d be hard pressed to find another Kurt Cobain. He, like Lennon, Elvis, MJ, and Dylan, is in a class of his own, imitated but never duplicated. Though he felt his music had ceased to inspire, a litany of fans, critics, and respected publications would feel otherwise. As our tribute, we’ve pulled together 57 rarely seen photos and videos of Kurt with his fellow band members. Come as you are and see them after the jump.
Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 45th birthday. Almost 18 years after his tragic death, his legacy continues to grow. Rolling Stone ranked him as the 12th greatest guitarist and 45th greatest singer of all time. MTV ranked him 7th in the “22 Greatest Voices in Music”. In 2005, a sign was put up in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington that read “Welcome to Aberdeen — Come As You Are” as a tribute. In 2006, Cobain took the place of Elvis Presley as the top-earning deceased celebrity. As our tribute, we’ve pulled together 31 rarely seen photos and videos of Kurt with his fellow band members.