Last year on this date, in honor of what would have been late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain's 45th birthday, I wrote a blog supposing where the grunge icon would have been in 2012. It got a lot of traction, and people loved and hated it. Imagining him as a dubstep DJ was really for grins and shock value. I mean, who would have thought Dave Grohl would be Dave Grohl as we know him now? The future is funny that way. For all we know, Cobain would be playing a solo noise show at Super Happy Fun Land tonight.
Had he not died in April 1994, by his own hand -- or at the hands of sinister forces working for Courtney Love (insert maniacal laugh) -- Kurt Cobain would have turned 45 years old today. The rock icon killed himself at the age of 27, not only leaving behind a daughter to fend for herself against the wiles of her widowed mother, but also abandoning a future that music fans can only shake their heads and imagine with great shattered expectations.
Still, some have written him off as an immature, drug-addicted suicide casualty who couldn't hack it at fame. Society has a way of lionizing people who have died in their prime. Who is to say that some of the most prominent members of the 27 Club -- Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Cobain -- would have done things as groundbreaking as the work they did before their deaths, had they lived on?More »