Kurt Cobain is one of the most well known faces and grunge scene icons of the 1990s. It’s incredible that if he was alive today, he’d be into his fifties.
As it has recently been the 23rd anniversary of the star’s death, let’s take a look at the reasons why he’s left such a lasting impression behind.
His band was way ahead of their time
Kurt never failed to speak out about homophobia, sexism, and gay rights. He even spray painted cars with the phrase “God is gay” and was arrested once for this kind of graffiti-ing in Aberdeen, Washington State. He was also known to wear dresses as a way of protesting against sexism.
“Wearing a dress shows I can be as feminine as I want,” he said. “I’m a heterosexual… big deal. But if I was a homosexual, it wouldn’t matter either.”
“I’m disgusted by my own and my generation’s apathy. I’m disgusted at what we allow to go on, by how spineless, lethargic and guilty we are of not standing up against racism, sexism and all those other ‘isms’ that the counterculture has been whining about for years while they sit and enforce those same attitudes every night on their televisions and in the magazines.”
Kurt might have been cool, but he didn’t care about that
Kurt just didn’t stand for hype about his band, Nirvana. He really said it all: “What’s alternative? What’s counterculture? What’s cool? Who knows? Who cares? If chasing cool is important to you, you’re an idiot!”
“I’m not into ambition or salesmanship, we’re not some new trend. We never meant or tried to be cool, or be a ‘buzz’ band. It never even entered our minds.”
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