Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Rock Singer

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who served as the lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Nirvana. Through his angst-fueled songwriting and anti-establishment persona, Cobain's compositions widened the thematic conventions of mainstream rock.

Full Name
Kurt Donald Cobain
Feb 20, 1967
Apr 5, 1994
5′ 9″
Net Worth


Kurt Donal Cobain was born on February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. His zodiac sign is Pisces and his ethnicity is Scottish-American. He is the son of Wendy Elizabeth and Donald Leland Cobain and has an older sister by the name of Kimberly. His parents soon divorced after his birth and he moved around between several family members’ homes throughout his childhood.

Cobain showed interest in music at a young age, listening to bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. He began playing guitar when he was 14 years old and learned to play drums shortly after that. Later on, he would join forces with bassist Krist Novoselic to form Nirvana in 1987. Nirvana quickly found success with their debut album Bleach (1989) and their breakthrough studio album Nevermind (1991). The album spawned hit singles “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come as You Are” which propelled them to the top of the charts worldwide.

Cobain's songwriting helped define the "grunge" sound of alternative rock in the 90s, with his lyrics often exhibiting themes of angst or alienation from society. He also struggled significantly with depression, drugs, and addiction during his time with Nirvana. Cobain sadly committed suicide at the age of 27 on April 5th 1994 in Seattle, Washington; it was ruled a suicide due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

Nirvana's influence on popular culture remains strong today; they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and Kurt Cobain continues to be remembered for inspiring generations of musicians around the world.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1967</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Kurt Cobain is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 20, 1967, Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen, Washington.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Nirvana</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Forms the grunge band Nirvana along with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1991</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nirvana's Debut Album is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Nirvana releases their debut album "Nevermind" which launches them into mainstream success.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1992</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">MTV Unplugged Performance</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Performs an iconic acoustic set for MTV Unplugged.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marries Courtney Love</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Cobain and singer/actress Courtney Love were married on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Final Album In Utero is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Nirvana's final studio album, "In Utero," is released.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">April 5, 1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Kurt Cobain Dies</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27 years old.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Iconic Rock Star</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kurt Cobain was an iconic rock star and one of the most influential musicians of his generation. His music was filled with raw emotion and passion that resonated with millions of people around the world.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Symbol of Rebellion</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kurt Cobain was a symbol of rebellion and the anti-establishment attitude of the 90s. He embraced individuality and spoke out against conformity and the restrictions of society.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's a Pioneer in Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kurt Cobain was a pioneer in music, blending punk, grunge, and rock into one sound that would influence many generations to come. His sound was unique and original, inspiring countless other artists to create their own music.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Self Taught Musician</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kurt Cobain was a self-taught musician, teaching himself to play the guitar and drums while growing up in Aberdeen, Washington.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Left Handed Musician</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kurt Cobain was a left handed musician, playing the guitar upside down and with the strings reversed. He was also known for playing his guitar with a drumstick.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Drug Addiction</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kurt Cobain struggled with drug addiction throughout his career, including heroin use which led to his death in 1994 at the age of 27.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Successful Solo Career</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">After the break up of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain had a successful solo career, releasing two albums and several singles as a solo artist.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Created Grunge Music</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kurt Cobain is credited with creating the genre of grunge music, blending punk and alternative rock into a unique sound that would influence generations of musicians.</p></div>


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