Charles R. Cross, author of the bestselling Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, joined us today to examine the legacy of the Nirvana frontman. Cross, the longtime editor of Seattle's music newspaper The Rocket, tackles the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, two decades after his death?
On April 8, 1994, twenty-seven year-old Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle after taking his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated relationship with the fame of his band Nirvana, his tortured soul - all of these elements came together in one terrible moment in Seattle, and the landscape of music and pop culture was forever changed.
Now, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of this ill-fated day, with interviews and commentary from all corners of the pop culture universe, from the people who knew Cobain to those who continue to help his legend grow, HERE WE ARE NOW: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain takes the reader to seminal moments in Cobain's life, and shows why few in music have ever made as large a mark as the legendary star. Exploring the scope of Cobain's lasting influence in music, fashion, culture, in Seattle itself, and among the addiction and recovery communities - in the music world and beyond - Cross's first-person narrative shares the many important ways that Cobain impacted the world.
Join Charles for his booksigning event tonight at 7:30 at Powell's Books located at 1005 W Burnside in Portland.