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Tuesday, April 06, 2004


these past few weeks have been full of anniversaries in the news. lots of things happened a year ago, like the invasion of iraq, the fall of baghdad, etc. this weekend i saw a segment on the death of nbc reporter david bloom.

one significantly more trivial yet still significant anniversary, yesterday marked 10 years since kurt cobain's death. there was a great segment on the today show that discussed the various theories arguing against suicide and for murder. i remember nirvana and liked them, but i don't remember them having much of an influence on the people around me.

i was born in 1976, which puts me in the gray area of the definition of generation x. 1994 was my senior year of high school, and i left behind mainstream grunge for the more underground punk/hardcore scene. (i count 1993-1994 as the year i really started listening to music.) most of the kids in my class were listening to dave matthews, jimmy buffet, and james taylor, all of which are still very popular here (and will definitely be the soundtrack to our high school reunion this year). my group of friends were scattered all over the city, bound together by a local bbs (pre-internet) and our developing musical tastes. my friend wells was probably the most affected by cobain's death (he was the kid with nirvana posters all over his room).

i've read that nirvana's significance is that they proved an alternative rock band could make it to the top of the pop charts. i guess this is true since groups like evanescence are still up there with r. kelly, jay-z, and britney spears. nirvana's influence on the music scene in seattle is demonstrated by the fact that the city is still prolific in making good bands (death cab for cutie/postal service, the fire theft, aveo, etc.). and by the fact that seattle has supported kexp (first station to play nirvana) so well that they keep growing and are now so highly ranked, even among stations operated by the evil empire.

so kurt cobain's influence on music can still be seen 10 years after his death. that makes it even eerier that he died at the age of 27, the same age as janice joplin, jimi hendrix, and jim morrison, all influential musicians. i don't see any current "popular" musicians having influence in the future, so i guess that does make cobain the last real rock star.


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