23 years ago today, millions of adults and kids alike were shocked by the news that Kurt Cobain, the voice of the grunge era, the man who inspired so many, the non-traditional rock star who changed so many lives, was found dead in his Seattle home.
No one, no matter how incredible they are can live forever, but it’s different when they’re gone so young. Kurt Cobain was only 27, he still had so much life left in him when he killed himself. And today, so many years later, people young and old are still feeling the profound loss.
But Kurts impact reached far beyond his music. He used a platform of fame and influence to advocate for women rights, among others. Wether he was telling homophobes not to buy his albums, tickets to his shows or listen to his music, or putting his reputation on the line to call out sexism, Kurt Cobain walked the walk. His intersectional feminism was bold, and still so so relevant.
One of his more scandalous displays of rebelling against rape culture was the song “Rape Me”; his anti-rape anthem, and thought the true meaning is disputed, he told SPIN, “It’s like she’s saying, ‘Rape me, go ahead, rape me, beat me. You’ll never kill me. I’ll survive this and I’m gonna fucking rape you one of these days and you won’t even know it.” Simply put he is preaching the strength of sexual assault survivors.
But he didn’t just talk big, he practiced what he preached;
This is a video of him stopping a show in the middle of a song because a guy in the audience was harassing a girl.
Kurt was ahead of his time, not only with his music, but the dude was woke as hell! In honour of the anniversary of his death, be the Kurt Cobain you wish to see in the world. Own who you are, be authentic, stand up for your beliefs, help those who are marginalized, listen to Nirvana 😉
oh! and cut the shit with all the conspiracies around his death…
Rock In Peace