"The problem with so many books about Nirvana is that they all more or less tell the same story, even if they differ over nuance and minutia. Cobain did spark a revolution in music and popular culture; he did become a figurehead to a generation coming into its own at a time when it didn’t have much to come into; he did flame out personally, if not creatively. That story is now becoming as threadbare as one of Cobain’s cardigans. What we need from subsequent Nirvana-related titles is a new, younger voice. If there’s a future for Cobain publishing, it’s in the hands of millennials who never knew the band in the present tense but have inherited its legacy. Does Cobain speak to anyone under 30? If so, what does he say?"

— Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s death, there are a rash of new books chronicling the singer’s life and times—but do they add any insight to his legacy? Stephen Deusner takes on that question and more on The Pitch.



"Kurt Cobain was a spirit guide in the beginning. I knew what all the fame would feel like already because I read about it in his journals. […] To be told that you’re the voice of your generation is such an incredible amount of pressure, and I haven’t faced that. Maybe by the time our third record rolls around, I will. My goals are to be a band like that in five years."

DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith is a pretty ambitious guy.



pbghgirl:

Today is the 46th anniversary of the birth of Kurt Cobain. We didn’t have him very long but  what an impact he made. 

Mark Richardson writes about Kurt Cobain’s journey from being a guy in a band to an idea that keeps cycling through culture in different ways in his latest Resonant Frequency column.

pbghgirl:

Today is the 46th anniversary of the birth of Kurt Cobain. We didn’t have him very long but  what an impact he made. 

Mark Richardson writes about Kurt Cobain’s journey from being a guy in a band to an idea that keeps cycling through culture in different ways in his latest Resonant Frequency column.





Kurt Cobain died 17 years ago today. The graceful 2006 documentary About a Son features revealing audio from the singer’s interviews with journalist Michael Azerrad and it’s one of the best Cobain portraits out there. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.

Kurt Cobain died 17 years ago today. The graceful 2006 documentary About a Son features revealing audio from the singer’s interviews with journalist Michael Azerrad and it’s one of the best Cobain portraits out there. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.




Kurt Cobain would’ve celebrated his 44th birthday today, February 20. In tribute, the remarkable doc About a Son— which couples moody images of the singer’s home state of Washington with revealing bits of recorded interviews— is streaming in its entirety throughout the day courtesy of the Documentary Channel.