Kurt Cobain

images for Kurt Cobain
Topic
Kurt Cobain: Male
Kurt Cobain: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Portrait
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Rights
Courtesy of Mark Seliger/Steven Kasher Gallery, New York; © Mark Seliger
Artist
Mark Seliger, born 1959
Sitter
Kurt Cobain, 20 Feb 1967 - 5 Apr 1994
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Platinum-palladium print
Dimensions
Image: 46.7 × 35.5 cm (18 3/8 × 14")
Sheet: 61.8 × 50.3 cm (24 5/16 × 19 13/16")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Place
United States\Michigan\Kalamazoo\Kalamazoo
Date
1993 (printed 2013)
Exhibition Label
In the song "Stay Away" from Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind, the band’s front man, Kurt Cobain, sings, "Monkey see, monkey do / . . . I’d rather be dead than cool." Led by Cobain’s wailing voice and his explosive guitar chords, Nevermind was arguably the most influential album of its time, selling more than ten million copies during the band’s short life. Yet Cobain, like Bob Dylan, was a reluctant rock star who felt much ambivalence about the band’s success and great discomfort with the attention of fans and the media. A product of the Pacific Northwest punk scene, he wore thrift-store plaid shirts and torn jeans and sought to distance himself from the packaged stadium rockers of the previous decade. Louder, faster, and often darker, Seattle grunge, as exemplified by Nirvana, also proved widely popular. Three years after Nevermind’s release, at the age of twenty-seven, Cobain—addicted to heroin—killed himself with a shotgun.
Type
Photograph
Object number
NPG.2013.68