“Hey hey, my my…Rock and roll can never die”– Neil Young
It’s April 5, 2022 – the 28th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Nearly three decades ago, the “spokesman of a generation” took his own life with a shotgun.
I’ll admit, Nirvana (Kurt Cobain, in particular) had the most profound effect on me. They’re not the greatest band of all time, but Nirvana definitely had a distinct influence on me.
It’s a fitting topic today as Cobain suffered from bipolar disorder and ultimately committed suicide (Granted, drugs played a heavy role in his specific situation). Kurt Cobain followed the stereotypical “bipolar bullet point” fate and fell in the 20% of people who suffered and took their own lives.
I ranted enough yesterday on this matter and how absolutely furious I was (and am) that so many people with this disorder end their lives. There is no magic wand we could wave to fix this, so I feel like it’s all of our jobs to try and make a difference.
Honestly, I am not entirely sure why I honor this day, even if it’s only for five minutes. Some may say it’s obsessive or me going overboard, especially with Kurt’s reputation (When I was younger, I was pigeonholed into a similar spot for being such a fan of a depressed “junkie”).
Kurt was 27 when he died, as was Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, and many other musicians, joining what is now known as the “27 Club”. Kurt was definitely a drug addict. I heard an interesting “fact” that an addict spends on average 7 years of his/her life waiting. Waiting for the man. It’s another sad, eye-opening statistic.
I guess there is no real point I’m trying to make with this post (see my post from yesterday if you’re curious about how I really feel); I just wanted to share my observation of today’s significance. At least for me.
In his suicide note Kurt wrote down a line from a Neil Young song.
“It’s better to burn out than fade away.”
And that’s exactly what he did. He burned bright and fast like a shooting star and then, just like that, it was over. But he will never fade away, and the last 35 years have cemented that fact.
He may not have wanted to be the “spokesman of a generation”, but he is most definitely a true icon.
Anyway, I hope everyone has an amazing day and can find the strength they need to get through it. Life is sometimes hard, and for no particular reason. But it’s our job to pull through.
And we always do.