ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — Two benches that sat in a Seattle park near the home of Kurt Cobain became an unofficial memorial to the grunge rock singer after he killed himself 20 years ago…. …read more
From: AP Washington News
Bestselling author Charles R. Cross of Seattle will launch his new book, “Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain” with a reading, conversation and book signing at the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Thursday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The author of nine books, Cross has previously published two books on Nirvana’s front man, “Heavier than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain,” just out in a new edition, and “Cobain Unseen,” both national bestsellers. Copies of the latest book and the updated “Heavier than Heaven” will be available for purchase, and Cross will sign any of his previous books as well.
As the title of his talk, “Kurt Cobain: Aberdeen and Legacy: How he Changed Aberdeen and How it Shaped Him,” indicates, Cross will discuss Cobain’s relationship with his hometown. He will also answer questions from the audience.
The library is Cross’s first stop on the national book tour for his new book. Cross returns to Aberdeen to launch each Cobain book in Kurt’s hometown, reflecting Cross’s passion to show how the musician’s life can be an inspiration to young people, and how important the city was in shaping him.
Cross’s new book takes on the question of why Cobain matters so much 20 years after his death, exploring the legacy of a man whose life continues to influence pop culture and music as well as addiction and recovery models and communities.
Cross graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in creative writing. From 1986 to 2000, he served as editor of the Northwest music and entertainment magazine, The Rocket, the first publication ever to run a story on Nirvana. Cross’s writing has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers. He has lectured and read at universities and colleges around the world, and has frequently been interviewed for film, radio, and television documentaries.
Hubbard said it was compassion that inspired her to sculpt the statue with Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994 “The original idea was to bring the mental illness issue to light, recognize people with the illness that Kurt had, who self medicate, that was my first dream.” The muffled tribute was among many failed attempts to honor the Aberdeen native’s legacy, without honoring his choices. But the times they are changing, and 20 years later Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson plans to proclaim February 20th (Kurt’s birthday) as Kurt Cobain Day, while the city of Hoquiam has declared April 10th as Nirvana Day to celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sculpted by Randi Hubbard and Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994, the 600-pound concrete statue has been well-described as larger than life. The Aberdeen city council at the time argued over where the statue might be appropriate, eventually banishing it to Hubbard’s other business; Hubbs Muffler Shop off of Sumner Avenue. The muffled tribute was the first of many failed attempts to honor the Aberdeen native in his own hometown.
Simpson said the statue has a new home at the Aberdeen Museum of History, just one block from where Cobain attended Weatherwax High School, at 111 E 3rd Street.
The city of Hoquiam last month declared April 10th as Nirvana Day to celebrate the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The City of Aberdeen could soon celebrate “Kurt Cobain Day” on February 20th, the birthday of the Nirvana frontman. Mayor Bill Simpson said earlier this month that he planned to bring a proclamation forward to celebrate not only Cobain’s birthday, but an entire week.
The proclamation presented at Wednesday’s meeting says in part “Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.
Simpson said that the proclamation will be presented for adoption at their February 12th meeting, adding that he still hasn’t heard from the Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation “hopefully they’ll come forward for this resolution on the 20th and accept it from me. Something’s going to happen big for Kurt Cobain down here. We’ve put up signs and done a lot of the things that we could do with city money.” The mayor said he’s looking for private investors to help the city memorialize the Aberdeen native.
Cobain was born in 1967, gained fame as the lead singer for the grunge rock group Nirvana and died by suicide in 1994 in Seattle.