Members of GLM Board Reflect on Influence of Kurt Cobain
I remember listening to Nirvana because my little sister was obsessed. She had postured our room in Kurt Cobain posters while I had a life size poster of David Bowie. The two had always looked so incongruous to me on the one side bleach blond short haired dichromatic eyed David Bowie and on the other the grungy bedraggled drug addled Cobain with stringy hair. I knew that Bowie had had his time with drugs too but he was soooo much more handsome in my aging eyes.
My sister was devastated the day Cobain died. We all have our demons and me and my siblings are no different. But to know that one of your heroes has decided to end his own life is devastating. I still think to this day that she believes his then wife killed Cobain for notoriety and because she suffered from drug abuse. He still figures into her personality I think, though in a more positive way.
She lives in Seattle and is an alternative hairstylist, working with the transformation of people with an artistic mien in her own way. She still wears loose ill-fitting clothing but instead of the grunge look that so worried me and my parents her style has become one more reticent of a settled gypsy flowing through life and color instead of ire and angst. She has stopped smoking and helped, I believe a few of her friends with drug problems kick their habits too. If her love of Nirvana was in some way a stepping stone to this much matured and greatly admire young woman, I am grateful.
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