Kurt Cobain


Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 20,1967 in the town of Aberdeen,
Washington. Aberdeen is on the west coast and is about 108 miles southwest of
Seattle. Aberdeen is a dreary place with about seven feet of rain a year. Kurt
was born to Mrs. Wendy Cobain and to Mr. Donald Cobain. Wendy was a homemaker.
She had a very tight bond with Kurt. He was her first born. She had another
child three years after she had Kurt. Her name was Kim. Donald was a mechanic.
He was very into sports. He often tried to push Kurt into sports but Kurt just
didn\'t like them. Even though the Cobain\'s didn\'t have much they seemed to do
all right. Wendy dressed her children in the best clothes she could afford.
They always looked like the best dressed kids in Aberdeen.

Kurt was an extremely happy child. He would wake up everyday so happy. He was
always filled with joy and always had a smile on his face. Kurt once said his
upbringing could be decribed as "white trash posing as middle class". His
mother told him to stay away from the poor kids. She said they were dirty. So
Kurt did and he also would beat the up. Then in 4th grade he realized he liked
them better. Around that time people started to notice that Kurt was very good
in art. Most of Kurt\'s friends didn\'t really like things like art and music.
He loved these things so much he stopped making friends because he was different.


Kurt was not such a health kid. His whole life he suffered chronic bronchitis.
At age of seven he was diagnosed hyperactive. He was put on Ritalin. This
seemed to make him stay up until four in the morning. They soon put him on
sedatives. This did not work either. They made him fall asleep in school.
Doctors told Wendy to try subtracting sugar and Red Dye #2 from his food. This
was the right prescription for Kurt. Sometime during the 8th grade Kurt was
diagnosed with scloiosis. In his later years the weight of his guitar made it
worse. Suicide also ran in his family. In 1979 a great uncle committed suicide
and in 1984 an uncle also committed suicide.

Kurt was in love with music since the age of two. He was brought up in a
musical family. One of Wendy\'s uncle had some records out in the 40\'s and 50\'s.
Her brother was in a Rock and Roll Band. Her sister was in a country band and
played the guitar. Almost everyone had some sort of musical talent.

Kurt had always wanted to be a drummer in a rock and roll band. His first drum
set was a Mickey Mouse drum set. He played with it everyday until it was broken.
At the age of seven he got a bass drum along with some Beatles and Monkees
records. In 3rd grade Kurt started taking drum lessons. He also played the
drums in his grade school band. When Kurt was fourteen he got a guitar for his
birthday and decided not to play the drums anymore. He wrote his own songs and
wanted to start a punk rock band.

At the age of 8, Kurt\'s parents got a divorce. Kurt was destroyed. He no
longer was happy and smiling. He became very inward and was always frowning.
About a year after the divorce Kurt went to live with his dad. He had many new
changes to cope with. Donald had remarried. His new wife had a son and a
daughter. Kurt did not get along with any of them. As a result he was moved
out of their home. Between 1975 and 1984 Kurt moved two times a year. He was
shuffled between three sets of aunts and uncles, grandparents and sometimes back
to his dad. To have somewhere to fit in Kurt started hanging around some older
kids. This is also when he started to become a little stoner kid. From 1984
to1985 Kurt lived with his mom. She soon kicked him out because he dropped out
of high school. He was a senior in high school and just weeks short of
graduation. For one year he lived in friend\'s houses, cars and even under a
bridge.

In the winter of 1985 Kurt formed his first band with Krist Novoselic and Aaron
Burkhard. They went through a series of names before finally deciding on
Nirvana. Some of them were Fecal Matter, Skid Row, Ted Ed Fred, Pen Cap Chew,
and Windowpane. Their first