There is no denying Kurt Cobain’s spot in the legacy of American rock music. The man is a legend and deserves every posthumous accolade that comes his way. In some cases, however, he deserves a little more.
Kurt Cobain Honored With Weeping Statue
Yesterday, Cobain’s hometown, Aberdeen, Wash., declared February 20 to be Kurt Cobain Day. The ceremony included the unveiling of a statue of a man playing a guitar with a single tear dripping down his cheek with little to no resemblance to the Nirvana singer.
On what would have been Cobain’s 47th birthday, the of mayor his hometown admitted his aspirations to make Aberdeen the next Graceland. It is an interestingly uncomfortable situation, as Cobain’s relationship with the town was nothing short of tumultuous–Cobain was arrested there, and rarely spoke highly of the town.
The uneasy feelings toward Aberdeen’s native son are painfully apparent in the news segment below, where a local new anchor introduces Cobain as a “well-known heroin addict who shot himself 20 years ago,” rather than the frontman of an iconic American rock band.
Kurt Cobain will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year along with his band, Nirvana. Now that’s an honor a little more befitting of his legacy.