Kurt Cobain: Aberdeen and Legacy – Author to launch new Kurt Cobain book at Aberdeen library

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.

 

Charles R. CrossThe 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.

Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain

The Aberdeen Timberland Library is located at 121 E Market Street. For more information, contact the library at (360) 533-2360 or visit www.TRL.org.

Aberdeen celebrates Kurt Cobain Day with Cement Resurrection

The city of Aberdeen yesterday celebrated its first Kurt Cobain Day, honoring the Nirvana front man on his birthday, “A celebration of his, is not because he was a druggy, but because he was a great musician.”
Mayor Bill Simpson spoke to a crowd of over 200 before the unveiling of Randi Hubbard’s statue of Kurt Cobain, at the Aberdeen Museum last night “I’m proud to be able to put this thing on today, it’s been tough. I’ve had some people who were not very nice to me because of the fact that he was a druggy. But you know, I think Elvis was a druggy, I think Janis Joplin was a druggy too.”
We spoke with Simpson before the unveiling, as the band Gebular rocked the Museum; “Over the years there will be a lot more than this, I would like to see at least a couple of nights more. Maybe one here maybe one at the D&R Theater, and really make it a big success. It’s been a long time in coming and we needed to do this for the band, for Kurt Cobain, and for our community. To let them know what great people have come out of this community.”
Cobain would have been 47 yesterday, the band Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th – or if you’re in Hoquiam; on Nirvana Day.
Cement Resurrection

Cobain tribute spawns “Jada Project” to feed Aberdeen students

As Aberdeen and Hoquiam cities both prepare to celebrate their Nirvana heritage, the compassion of a 9 year old helped to bring a shunned tribute back into the light. Sculptor Randi Hubbard tells us after 19 years in her muffler shop, a statue of Kurt Cobain will soon be loaned to the Aberdeen Museum of History “Well my granddaughter was sitting there and she says ‘grandma we can sell t-shirts because I have a project in mind’.”
Jada helped Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson talk Hubbard into loaning the 600-pound statue to the museum as part of their Kurt Cobain display. Hubbard said they also they plan to sell t-shirts and photos, with the proceeds to be split between the museum, and the Jada Project. Jada tells KBKW “I thought of this idea because I’ve seen kids like on the TV that have been starving and kids that don’t get to eat need to get sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.” The Jada Project will work with Aberdeen schools to send sack lunches home with kids that might not eat lunch on the weekends otherwise.
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

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.

Still making news, Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana took away the Grammy for the Best Rock Song at the 56th annual awards ceremony over the weekend for Dave Grohl’s song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’.

Muffled Kurt Cobain tribute headed to Aberdeen Museum of History

As he prepares the city of Aberdeen to celebrate “Kurt Cobain Day” on the Nirvana front man’s birthday, Mayor Bill Simpson tells us he also has a birthday present lined up “On the 20th, we have been working with Randi Hubbard who owns the statue of Kurt Cobain that’s in the muffler shop, and we have come to an agreement to put it in the museum where it can be seen.”
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

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.

Aberdeen could proclaim February 20th Kurt Cobain Day, Mayor still eyeing entire week

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.

Aberdeen mayor preparing for Kurt Cobain week

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The city of Aberdeen will soon celebrate Kurt Cobain Week, beginning on his birthday February 20th. Mayor Bill Simpson told his council at last night’s special meeting “At our meeting on the 8th [of January] I will bring a resolution declaring February 20th, and the week of that, for Kurt Cobain. There’s some things that I’m working on that I cant talk about yet, but there will be more coming on that.”
Simpson said last week that he’s hoping to hear 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.

New mural planned for downtown Aberdeen to memorialize Kurt Cobain

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A new mural in downtown Aberdeen will commemorate Kurt Cobain, and his time spent growing up on the harbor. Art Instructor at the Grays Harbor College Erik Sandgren spoke to the council last night “I’m really excited about doing this project for the City of Aberdeen, I think if it as being for the city even though it’s on private property.”
Sandgren said the mural will be on the Wishkah street side of the Moore’s Interior building at the corner of Wishkah and Broadway streets in downtown Aberdeen.
The Nirvana front man killed himself in 1994 at his home in Seattle.

Kurt Cobain Art Teacher’s Art to be Featured at Aberdeen TRL

ABERDEEN, Wash. – An Art show coming to the Aberdeen Timberland Regional Library December first will feature former Aberdeen High School Teacher Robert Hunter’s Visual Stories. The former art teacher of Kurt Kobain taugh at Aberdeen High from 1979 to 2005, and said that one piece, titled “The Legend of Kurt Cobain” is the only work he’s created on his former student. The show “Visual Stories” will run for two months at the Library, and Hunter says most of the pieces are for sale – with a percentage of sales to be donated to the Kurt Cobain Memorial Fund to assist in the building of a Grays Harbor Youth Center.

Art Show Opens For Two-Month Stay at Aberdeen Library

One particular piece, entitled “The Legend of Kurt Cobain,” is the only work he has created of his former art student.  Mr. Hunter said, “I enjoyed expressing in visual language what one perspective of his life was.”  A percentage of the sales from “Visual Stories” will be donated to The Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee to assist in the building of a Grays Harbor youth center.  To purchase items from the art show, contact Mr. Hunter directly.

The Aberdeen Timberland library is located at 121 E Market Street.  For more information, call 533-2360 or go to www.TRL.org.

 

Quigg Tours Cobain and Calder Exhibits at Seattle Art Museum

Alexander Calder hailed from Aberdeen in the 1920’s, and is considered by many as the most innovative sculptor of the 20th Century. The large red “Eagle” in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is one of Calder’s works. According to a 1971 interview with the Smithsonian Archives of American Art he worked in local logging camps for about four years, and lived in Aberdeen with his sister Peggy, and her husband Kenner Hayes. The same interview goes onto say, “Calder finds a job as a timekeeper at a logging camp in Independence, Washington (near Oakville). Inspired by mountain scenes and logging camps, Calder is compelled to paint.” The exhibit is on display until April 11, 2010. When you visit it you will see how much of his work resembles logging rigging used during the time he was working on the Harbor.

The other Harborite of course is Kurt Cobain. The Cobain Exhibit runs from May 13, 2010 through September 16, 2010. It’s interesting how Seattle claims him. We need to do something about that . As songwriter and lead singer for the musical group Nirvana, Cobain revolutionized rock music in 1992, with what came to be known as “grunge music.” John Hughes, former editor of the Daily World often said that “clearly, he was the most famous person in the history of Aberdeen, Washington” In the cover story of Newsweek Magazine, October 28, 2002, “Nevermind” was referred to as the ”album that would sell more that 10 million copies, and revolutionize rock and roll.” 

(photos and narrative submitted by Tom Quigg)