Share via Email By the time of his death, Kurt Cobain had become the voice of his generation, the most influential American musician since Bob Dylan. During his short, explosive career, his pioneering music with Nirvana, tempestuous marriage to Courtney Love and struggle with heroin all ensured he was never out of the headlines. But in private he was increasingly ill at ease with his fame - and confided his fears to a series of notebooks. He also filled them doodles, cartoons and drawings, love letters, lyrics and his plans for Nirvana. In a world exclusive, we are publishing excerpts from these never-before-seen journals over the next three weeks.
Their last two albums sold nearly 20 million copies combined, and they just took home the lion's share of trophies at the MTV Video Music Awards. All the while, however, Stipe, 34, has clung fast to his privacy. We know that the singer was an army brat as a kid. That he was an art student at the University of Georgia.
This was before my gaydar was finely honed, mind you. Still, the affection remains, and I still enjoy hearing about or from Michael Stipe. He talks about his battle with an eating disorder, Kurt Cobain and more.
His parents were married on July 31, , in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They first settled in Cornwall, Ontario , Canada, and then in Washington. His maternal uncle, Chuck Fradenburg, played in a band called The Beachcombers; his aunt, Mari Earle, played guitar and performed in bands throughout Grays Harbor County ; and his great-uncle, Delbert, had a career as an Irish tenor, making an appearance in the film King of Jazz. Kurt was described as being a happy and excitable child, who also exhibited sensitivity and care.