Opinion: Let Kurt Cobain Rest in Peace


Another week passes where Kurt Cobain‘s tragic suicide in 1994 has left a stain on the music press across the world. The various photos of his body laying on the ground after shooting himself in the head have been plastered across many publications and social networks, alongside his personal possessions, drug paraphernalia and last moments thanks to the Seattle Police Department. It doesn’t make for fun reading whatsoever, but merely adds more reality to the obsession that the internet generation, be it journalists or public, want to know everything about everyone, despite its tragic content.

The partially-revealed ‘wedding vow’ letter that was released this week, allegedly found in Kurt’s wallet regarding his wife Courtney Love, was yet another blow of sadness. People seem to forget that his daughter Frances and wife are still out there trying to push their lives forward 20 years on, but essentially with the huge amount of chit chat that has been generated from an ‘OK’ Magazine reaction to his personal belongings, his family are never allowed to rest.

Today, that letter, that has been reported worldwide as though Cobain was mocking his wedding vows, has been made public in full, revealing that the note could well have been written by Courtney Love herself. The full letter reads:

“Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife, even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all your money for doping and whoring. Will you promise to fuck her at least once a week, O.K.,”

The fascination surrounding his death has reached critical mass and hopefully the press will now be able to take a step back and realise that this constant bombardment of lack of privacy to his family and friends should come to rest now like Cobain himself.

Listen to our Nirvana interviews from yesteryear and remind yourself that these were, and still are, good people, who made incredible music that changed a generation. The world is so desperately in need of another Nirvana right now…