Sometimes I’ll talk about Kurt Cobain, and I’ll get responses like “isn’t that the guy who killed himself?” Media and people usually focus on his death and ignore all of his achievements and his influence on the world. No, he is not ‘some dead guy.’ Not to mention how some people just spend their time arguing that Kurt Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, murdered him. In fact, I’ve heard of more movies that emphasize his death than movies that concentrate on what he actually did in life. Does no one focus on the fact that he was one of the most iconic people who influenced the 90’s, and even the world today? He should be remembered because of his success, not because of his shocking suicide.

Kurt Cobain influenced most of the music we listen to today even if he wrote rock songs.  During his short life he was the lead singer of the band Nirvana. Although Cobain only released three full studio albums, he created extremely original music and sort of changed the face of rock music. Kurt’s music was extremely energetic and raw. He wasn’t a god-like rock star who envisioned money and success, he just did it for the music. This allowed more and more people to relate to him and what his songs were about. Cobain even left a mark on rap music, and rappers such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar have woven his name into their songs.

Not only did he shape music, but he also shaped fashion. Celebrities today are still inspired by his effortless ‘grunge’ look. I mean, how many times have you seen people wear flannels, baggy jeans, and tattered converse. Kurt Cobain was the first to display this style of clothing in the 90s.

Cobain is still remembered 22 years later and has changed the world. He is the voice of the outcasts and so many people still relate to the message he is trying to send. Although he was extremely troubled and depressed he managed to do something with his life. As Kurt once said, “it is better to burn out than fade away.”

By Shahd ElNaggar

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