After Kurt Cobain killed himself a woman wrote to the Guardian, irritated about how so called  ‘slackers’ were represented in the press.

She wrote : “ours is not a generation that won’t do anything. Ours is a generation that has trouble finding anything to do”.

It is 20 years since the album that summed up this state of mind was released. Nevermind is an album that forced to record industry to do a massive reappraisal of what ‘underground rock’ meant given that its massive success was on a par with the ‘overground'(mainstream).

Its iconic status, like that of Nirvana’s intense MTV Unplugged show was doubly assured by Cobain’s suicide. The nostalgia junkies are all over this of course but when I see photos or footage of Cobain, I wish we still had him around rather than this memorabilia.

I wish that Kurt had taken on board these words of Voltaire from ‘Candide’ : “I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our most melancholy propensities; for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away? To loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away”

Related links:
In search of Nirvana – 20 years on (Guardian.Co:Uk)
Why we should let Kurt Cobain rest in peace by Simon Reynolds (Slate.Com)

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