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Kurt Cobain Died 17 Years Ago Today [57 PHOTOS & VIDEOS]


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.  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 57 rarely seen photos and videos of Kurt with his fellow band members.

Early Show At Krist Novoselic‘s Mom’s house

One of the earliest videos of the band. Kurt was a little shy to sing to all three fans in attendance so he sung to the wall for most of the video.

Negative Creep at Rhino Records

On June 23, 1989, a 22-year-old Kurt Cobain and three members of this early version of Nirvana performed a showcase at Rhino Records to support their album “Bleach” that was released eight days before.

First Live Performance Of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” was first performed live on April 17, 1991 at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington – this is the video fromt hat performance. As you’ll hear the lyrics of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” were changed up a bit before it was recorded a month later at Sound City in Van Nuys, California.

Pre-Show Jam Session

This video was captured on September 11, 1992 during the sound check leading up to the Washington Music Industry Coalition Benefit at Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, WA.

Love Buzz In Rio

The height of their career the band went to Brazil and played for 10’s of thousands at Hollywood Rock in Rio ’93. Some of the pictures from the Rio trip can be see in the photo set.

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