Los Angeles, CA
I was eating pasta at a random cheap Italian joint in Atlanta when I found out Kurt Cobain blew his brains out. I was still in college at the time and couldn't believe how it was only a couple years earlier when my roommate, Jeff K. burst into out room at my fraternity house clutching a CD. It was Nirvana. He ran over to my CD player and in one motion put it in the tray and three seconds later the intro to Smells Like Teen Spirit rattled off our walls. Two and a half years after my introduction to the Seattle band, Generation X's first legit rock star was dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Cobain was only 27 years-old.
I moved to Seattle a couple of years after I graduated college. One of my roommates was a musician who played drums in a local punk band in the late 80s and early 90s. His claim to fame was that Nirvana once opened up for his band sometime back in late 1988 shortly after they had signed with Sub Pop and a couple of years before they anyone really knew about them.
Everyone in Seattle has heard their fair share of conspiracy theories that included Bill Gates vaccines, Mt. Rainer's UFOs, Big Foot, Ted Bundy, mysterious severed feet washing up on random beaches, and Courtney Love hiring a hitman to kill Kurt Cobain.
Yeah, the prevailing theory among my Seattle friends was that Cobain was "suicided", which is a murder that is disguised to look like a suicide. Cobain wanted to leave the band and leave his crazy-ass junkie wife. He got sick of the music biz and got even sicker of Love's antics. He wanted to divorce her and disband Nirvana. If he lived, then she'd get shut out. If he died unexpectedly and tragically, then she'd inherit his intellectual property and be perpetually famous for being Kurt Cobains widow. Simply put, Love had much more to gain if Cobain "committed suicide."
This is the documentary film about the life/death of Kurt Cobain that Courtney Love did not want you to see. If you like Nirvana conspiracy theories or have questions about Cobain's so-called suicide, then check out Kurt and Courtney...