It was a very sad day twenty-four years ago today. It's the day we found out that a troubled genius had chosen to end his own life. Kurt Cobain checked himself out on April 5, 1994. He was born in Aberdeen, Washington on 2/20/1967. By 1987 he had moved to Seattle and it's burgeoning new music scene. Kurt formed a band they called Nirvana and it wasn't long after that the word "Grunge" became the name for the music style coming out of Seattle in the those days. The debut album for Nirvana was "Bleach." It was was released on an independent record label, Sub Pop in 1989. Later the band found their major success with the second album "Nevermind." It was released by David Geffen's DGC label. GenXers flocked to the sound and Cobain quickly became uncomfortable with being called "the spokesman for a generation."
In the course of just a few years 1991 to 1994 Cobain spiraled downward. His alienation grew as he believed the public was misinterpreting the message in his music, and he became besieged by the press due to his notoriety. During the last years of his life, Cobain fought heroin addiction and developed health problems. He became clinically depressed. The notoriety of his "celebrity" marriage to Courtney Love added to his burden. Sadly on April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home. Officials ruled his death a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Cobain, only 27 at the time has lived on after his death as few others before him. The circumstances of his death have become a topic of public fascination and debate. Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, sold over 25 million albums in the U.S., and over 75 million worldwide. Nirvana was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014 the first year they were eligible. Andy Preston