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Kurt Donald Cobain (20 February 1967 – ca. 5 April 1994) was the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the American grunge band, Nirvana.  He is survived by his wife Courtney Love and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

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“In Aberdeen, I hated my best friends with a passion, because they were idiots.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in The Daily Of The University Of Washington (1989-05-05).

“I'd like to live off the band, but if not, I'll just retire to Mexico or Yugoslavia with a few hundred dollars, grow potatoes, and learn the history of rock through back issues of Creem magazine.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in The Daily Of The University Of Washington (1989-05-05).

“It's really not hard to keep your dignity and sign to a major label...Most people don't have any dignity in the first place.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Sounds (1990-10).

“Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in M.E.A.T (1991-09).

“I knew I was different. I thought that I might be gay or something because I couldn't identify with any of the guys at all. None of them liked art or music, they just wanted to fight and get laid. It was many years ago but it gave me this real hatred for the average American macho male.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Melody Maker (1991-09-14).

“Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth. And it happens every few minutes.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in New Musical Express (1991-11-23).

“Hope I die before I turn into Pete Townshend.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in BAM (1992-01-10).

“I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in SPIN (1992-01).

“We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath. And, we vomit onstage better than anyone.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Guitar World (1992-01).

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“I just can’t believe anyone would start a band just to make the scene and be cool and have chicks. I just can’t believe it.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Option (1992-01-02).

“I can’t comment on Soundgarden because I know them personally and I really like them a lot, but I have strong feelings towards Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains and bands like that. They’re obviously just corporate puppets that are just trying to jump on the alternative bandwagon - and we are being lumped into that category.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Flipside (1992-03).

“Zits are beauty marks.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Sassy (1992-04).

“All drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all. But I’m not going to go around preaching against [them].”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Rolling Stone (1992-04-16).

“I wouldn’t wear a tie-dyed tee-shirt unless it was dyed with the urine of Phil Collins and the blood of Jerry Garcia.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Melody Maker (1992-07-18).

“Yeah, I was run out of town. They chased me up to the castle of Aberdeen with torches. Just like the Frankenstein monster. And I got away in a hot air balloon. And I came here to Seattle.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Monk Magazine (1992-10).

“If you're really a mean person you're going to come back as a fly and eat poop.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Monk Magazine (1992-10).

“Jocks have completely taken over music... And just to get back at them, I’m going to start playing basketball.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Musician (1993-10).

“I wouldn't have been surprised if they had voted me Most Likely To Kill Everyone At A High School Dance.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Howl (1993-07-22).

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“I'm a much happier guy than a lot of people think I am.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Rolling Stone (1993-01-27).

“I can't play [guitar] like Pete Townshend. The flip side of that is that Pete Townshend could probably never have played like me.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in Fender Frontline Magazine (Fall 1994).

“If it was up to me, I'd get more oil tanker drivers drunk. I don’t value music much. I like the Beatles, but I hate Paul McCartney. I like Led Zeppelin, but I hate Robert Plant. I like the Who, but I hate Roger Daltrey.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Print As quoted in The NIRVANA Reader: 1988 – 1992 (Published December 2008).

“They're claiming that [the grunge bands] finally put Seattle on the map, but, like, what map? ...I mean, we had Jimi Hendrix. Heck, what more do we want?”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Video From an interview with Marc Coiteux on Musique Plus, 1991-09-21, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“They (Extreme) surround themselves with these professional, dickhead, commercial rock and roll guys...when they show up at an airport, their manager runs ahead of them and yells at the people greeting them, 'No video! We want a path straight to the van! We don't want any pictures taken!' Y'know, I'm like, "So what?"”

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Video Date unknown, but believed to be 1992-06-30 in Sweden http://www.livenirvana.com/official/index.html.

“Same thing happened in the punk movement in the late 70's...a punk band would start, play one gig, and get signed to a major label right away, 'cause it [was] a trend. That just shows there are a lot of old school dinosaurs in the record industry who need to be weeded out.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Video Date unknown, but believed to be 1992-06-30 in Sweden http://www.livenirvana.com/official/index.html.

“Music comes first; lyrics are secondary. Most of my lyrics are contradictions. I'll write a few sincere lines, and then I'll have to make fun of [them]. I don't like to make it too obvious, because if it is too obvious, it gets really stale. You shouldn't be in people's faces 100% all the time. We don't mean to be really cryptic or mysterious, but I just think that lyrics that are different and weird and spacey paint a nice picture. It's just the way I like art.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Video Date unknown, but appears on Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!.

“I would like to think there's some purity in us, yeah. Naive - y'know, purposely naive.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Quote source: (1989-1994), Video From an interview on MTV with Zeca Camargo, 1993-01-21, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Punk Rock (while still sacred to some) is, to me, dead and gone. We just wanted to pay tribute to something that helped us to feel as though we had crawled out of the dung heap of conformity.”

— Kurt Cobain

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Source: Wikiquote: "Kurt Cobain" (Incesticide liner notes (1992))

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