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Death was an omnipresent part of the alt-era, something we just took for granted at the time. It was something to live through at the time, but which we never questioned. It just was. And yet in hindsight so many deaths of so many young people seems unfathomable. And they didn't stop. And now Chris Cornell of suicide by hanging. It is an unimaginable tragedy for those who loved him personally -- his wife and his three children most of all -- and for all of those who loved the music he gave to the world and the operatic multi-octave howl he sang it to us with.
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The fashion designer first met Frances Bean Cobain when she was only a toddler.
What truly sets Prince's estate apart from most deceased musicians is what he left behind: a personal vault of 2000 works of unreleased music. To put it in perspective, there is enough music to release one album every year for the next century. I know what you're thinking: What will happen to all of this music, and will we ever hear it?
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“Courtney loves Isaiah, but was devastated to learn that Frances had gotten married without her knowing."
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Releasing the photos would cause "indescribable pain," writes his daughter.
This week marks the birthday of one of Canada's greatest Canadian musicians. Yep, our grizzly, hat-wearing, mutton-chopped, guitar-slinging rock god Neil Young is officially 69-years-old Most music fa...
In the last few years, two high profile youth suicides in the Ottawa region garnered tremendous media attention and, as a new study suggests, resulted in increased emergency room visits by youth for mental health distress. But what at first sounds like an alarming link may serve as an important positive lesson.
Being a gigantically successful rock, pop or hip-hop star seems like a pretty cushy gig. We're talking world tours, fancy hotels, cash, fans and playing music for a living. But the fame and fortune...
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Courtney Love has only recently realized she should behave like a role model. The Hole rocker has built a career on being outspoken and living on the edge. She has battled drug addiction and entered i...
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Police may not have re-opened Kurt Cobain's suicide investigation, but after 20 years there's still new information coming out. First there was a raft of police photos from the death scene and now a n...
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The question of who might front Nirvana when the legendary Seattle rock band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 has been on fans' minds for months. Kurt Cobain is not an easy...
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Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994, but we only found out about it on April 8, when an initially unidentified body was discovered in the room above his garage. I was in first-year university. As a father, I can't even fathom the depth of despair he must have been feeling to leave his daughter. And now as a listener with a child, I can't help but let that startling selfishness affect my feelings for his music.
As Nirvana fans commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death this month, noted music writer and Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross has called out the mayor and other local bureaucrats...
While Kurt Cobain's suicide — 20 years ago on April 5 — is the biggest thing that many people remember about him, others say that Nirvana frontman's continuing impact on music and far beyond...
Nirvana did what all great bands do: they made everyone else catch up. Mainstream radio accommodated alternative music's idiosyncracies, in the case of Nirvana the confrontation of Cobain's distorted guitar, vocal roughness, sonic dissonance, and deliberately nonsensical lyrics. Whatever one's view of Cobain, it is undeniable that he set pop music on a new course.
Every generation like to rag on the one that follows for having terrible taste, but just because kids today apparently like Imagine Dragons, doesn't mean they can't recognize the good stuff when they...
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Seattle TV station KIRO 7 reports that police have found new photos from the investigation into the death of Kurt Cobain, two decades after the Nirvana singer was found dead in his Seattle home, but t...
Nirvana remains an influence on all subsections of rock, from alternative to metal, but Kurt Cobain, bizarrely, also shows up frequently in modern hip-hop. In the summer of 2013, Jay-Z sampled some of "Teen Spirit" for his hit song "Holy Grail." But it was pointed out to me that Jay-Z's song is just one of at least a dozen times "Teen Spirit" has shown up in hip-hop or dance music.
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It was February 27, 1994 and Nirvana was headed into the fire of the Yugoslav war, no one knowing it would be their second last show. While we waited for our names to be checked at the backstage entrance of a Slovenian arena, we felt a wave of excitement around us as Kurt Cobain and his entourage passed by the glass doors inside.
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There's Rock Camp for Girls, getting the next generation of female musicians hooked on writing, playing and recording from a young age. There are female-fronted bands criss-crossing the continent in vans every week -- or tour buses, if you're Beyonce's all-female backing band, The Sugar Mamas.
If there actually is a rock heaven, it's overpopulated. The music world simply has far too many casualties, especially when rock stars reach the age of 27, which was how old Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse...
For music fans of a certain age, the news of Frances Bean Cobain's Twitter feud with Kardashian offspring Kendal Jenner came mostly as a reminder of our own mortality. That's because the alt-generatio...
The troubled creator as a character has become glamourized, its talents celebrated but its pain ignored. It's as if all you need is talent, anorexia and an Adderall addiction and an audience will be waiting for you when you cross the line. Waiting for the train wreck, the OD, the suicide. All of which readers comment and place bets on each week as if she's a horse in a sick race.