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 <a class="StrictlyAutoTagAnchor" title="View all articles about Kurt Cobain

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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

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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

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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

ABERDEEN, Wash. - An art show entitled “Visual Stories” featuring the works of Robert Hunter will open Wednesday, December 1, 2010 and run through January 31, 2011 at the Aberdeen Timberland Library.


An artist’s reception will be held December 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery area at the Market Street entrance to the library.  Robert Hunter was a visual arts instructor at Aberdeen High School (AHS) from 1979 until 2005.  His awards include a fellowship to the Rhode Island School of Design, The Governor’s Centennial Award, The Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education, and the first instructor to be recognized by the Renaissance Program at AHS as “Teacher of the Month.” 

The art show features new abstract paintings and photo montages begun over a year ago by Mr. Hunter.

Quigg Tours Cobain and Calder Exhibits at Seattle Art Museum

A stroll down First Avenue in the heart of Seattle takes you by the Seattle Art Museum and the notable “Working Man” statue. A large poster gallery faces the avenue, featuring posters for current and coming exhibits. Recent posters are for exhibits on Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Kurt Cobain, and Pablo Picasso.

In case you’re keeping score that’s two for Grays Harbor, one for Pittsburg, and one for Spain.