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Kurt Cobain

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Kurt Cobain (1993)

Interview by Jon Savage, Rock's Backpages audio, 22 July 1993

Childhood in Aberdeen WA; 'Teen Spirit' and making it; Courtney Love and marriage; drugs and the stresses of success; Vig vs Albini; that notorious MTV Awards incident – it's pretty much all here.

File format: mp3; file size: 96.7mb, interview length: 1h 45' 35" sound quality: ****

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Kurt Cobain: I'm Not Gonna Crack!

Profile and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Vox, July 1992

Poisoned by the chalice of instant success, bedridden with road-rash after a ton of amp-smashingly intense gigs – what's happened to Nirvana's tortured singer and ...

All You Need Is Love: Face to Face with Kurt and Courtney

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, 19 December 1992

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love are the most controversial rock couple since Sid and Nancy. Critics of their relationship have cast Courtney as a scheming, ...

Kurt and Courtney: Love and hate and the whole damned thing

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, 2 January 1993

In the concluding part of our exclusive interview, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love attempt to explain the truth behind their controversial relationship and how distorted ...

The Melvins: Slacking Toward Platinum

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, L.A. Weekly, 17 June 1993

The Melvins and Kurt are asleep at the wheel of fortune ...

The Raincoats: File under formative

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, 5 December 1993

Long forgotten, now revered: Ben Thompson meets the Raincoats ...

Kurt Cobain: Revolutionary Debris

Comment by Eric Weisbard, Spin, April 1994

I STILL prefer to believe that Kurt Cobain's life was saved by rock'n'roll. ...

Cobain carried his demons on ride to the top

Obituary by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 10 April 1994

HIS CUTTING-EDGE band brought punk rock ideals and alternative music to the American mainstream. He was a millionaire and a provocateur. He should have been ...

Kurt Cobain: Nirvana just wasn't enough

Obituary by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 15 April 1994

What do you do when your dreams come true, and they're not quite like you planned? For Kurt Cobain, the pain of fame became too ...

Kurt Cobain: "We Just Cannot Realise How Troubled This Soul Was..."

Comment by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 16 April 1994

I FIRST MET Kurt Cobain on the night of December 3, 1989. His band had been on the road for weeks, touring the European toilet ...

Kurt Cobain: Sound of silence

Comment by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 18 April 1994

Adam Sweeting explains how the media didn't react to the significance of Kurt Cobain's death. ...

The Lemonheads: Come On Feel The Suedehead

Report and Interview by John Harris, New Musical Express, 7 May 1994

EVAN DANDO has been marketed as teen sex symbol, scagged out hippy doper and serious artiste, but now THE LEMONHEADS' main squeeze is trying to ...

A word to the wise: stay away

Essay by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 3 March 1995

The remarkable thing about Richey Edwards's disappearance is not that he's gone, but that more pop stars have not followed him ...

Is This Music To Die For?

Report by Andrew Smith, The Guardian, 31 March 1995

AN ARTICLE in this week's Melody Maker describes some of the dozens of letters the paper has been receiving every week since Richey James's departure ...

Washington's State

Report and Interview by Barbara Ellen, New Musical Express, 8 April 1995

If Cobain's death shook the rock world, its impact on his hometown went off the scales. BARBARA ELLEN visited Seattle to find out how much ...

Cries that won't go away

Comment by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 21 April 1995

When a pop icon disappears or kills himself, teenagers recognise that their own despair is being mirrored. ...

Mummy's Little Rock'n'Roll Soldier

Report by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 16 December 1996

They're mad, bad and dangerous to know, and the apple of their mothers eyes. Caroline Sullivan examines the closest of all relationships... ...

Kurt Cobain: The Lost Interview

Interview by Jon Savage, Guitar World, 1997

In July of 1993, Kurt Cobain gave a dramatically candid interview to respected British rock journalist Jon Savage. Freely discussed were such controversial topics as ...

Access all areas: The Rock Muse

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Harper's Bazaar, April 1998

Scratch an epic rock god and you'll usually find a cool, inspiring woman who supplied him with lyrics, contacts and style. Now that girl power ...

Kurt Cobain: Double Fantasy

Report by Dave Thompson, MOJO, May 1998

Kurt Cobain, the rock martyr; Courtney Love, the widow who wants it all. In the years since his death, the question "What really happened?" has ...

Kurt and Courtney; dir Nick Broomfield

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Starring Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love Directed by Nick Broomfield Opens July 3, Cert tbc, 99 mins ...

Love and death and the Hole damn thing...

Interview by Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 15 November 1998

It is four years since Kurt Cobain's suicide, but it is what people remember about Courtney Love. Yet she has her band, her Hollywood career ...

Kurt's Gone. So What?

Comment by Tom Cox, Guardian Unlimited, 5 April 1999

ROCK KILLS. The list of victims is too long and depressing to print here. We still raise an eyebrow when another tortured Narcissus bites the ...

Kurt Cobain

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

WHEN ROCK stars die, it's usually as a result of living too well, taking too much, going too fast, getting too high. ...

The Last Star: Kurt Cobain

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, June 2002

Why Kurt Cobain's legacy is worth fighting – or at least waiting – for ...

In Utero: Kurt Cobain Speaks

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, 14 April 2004

NIRVANA'S ALBUM NEVERMIND was out about two weeks on Oct. 9, 1991, when I conducted the following phone interview with Kurt Cobain. ...

Kurt Cobain: Suicide Blond

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2005

Gus Van Sant befriended Kurt Cobain during his rise to global stardom. Now the director has made a film based on the grunge superstar's harrowing ...

Ten Myths About Grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain

Guide by Everett True, The Guardian, 24 August 2011

KURT COBAIN loved Abba, wasn't from Seattle and didn't invent grunge. Everett True, the man who pushed the singer's wheelchair on stage for his last ...

Only Noise: In the Wake of Kurt's Suicide, Courtney Love Changed My Life

Memoir by Carla DeSantis Black, AudioFemme, 4 April 2019

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we're shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, legendary ROCKRGRL editor Carla ...

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