April 5 2011 is 17th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain Death

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Despite dying on April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain‘s legacy continues to have a major impact to this day. Kurt Cobain was the lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana, and is regarded to be a significant influence on today’s rock music scene. While Nirvana, which also featured Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, produced three full-length albums, the band is best known for 1991’s Nevermind, which spawned the breakthrough hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” To this day, the song is played in heavy rotation on alternative rock stations.

Nirvana, and Cobain especially, are considered to be pioneers of grunge rock and are sometimes cited as the first band to establish alternative rock as a commercially viable genre. Cobain has been said to the “voice of a generation,” although some critics have suggested that Cobain’s legacy has been somewhat exaggerated due to his early death.

Although Cobain is hailed for the success he brought to Nirvana, the frontman struggled with success, which fueled his depression and heroin addiction. Cobain also struggled with his relationship with his wife Courtney Love, who some believe shot Cobain. However, the official recorded cause of Cobain’s death is suicide by shotgun.

In honor of the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, feel free to pump some Nirvana today. You can download Nirvana music right here. If you prefer Dave Grohl’s music, you can check out Foo Fighters tour dates and find tickets right here.

RIP Kurt Cobain