Today (Feb 21) would have been Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's 52nd birthday. We look back on his families reflections on his work, personal possessions, and connection with Ireland.
In 2018 and the ‘Growing up Kurt Cobain’ exhibition in County Kildare went on display. The exhibition featured several of the musician’s personal belongings and other never before seen items. These included childhood photos, handwritten lyrics, as well as early drawings the singer made when he was growing up.
His daughter Frances, his sister Kim, and his mother Wendy were all there to oversee the opening.
Kim spoke at the debut, stating: “We just wanted to bring him back to where he came from and the person that he really was as a child and try to focus more on his art and him and to show people just how silly, goofy and sweet he was.
“We want to bring focus back to the light-heartedness and happiness that he had in his life and not focus on all the negative crap that happened later.”
The significance of the opening in Ireland is that Cobain had Irish roots himself, having ancestors who emigrated to the United States from Carrickmore, Co Tyrone, in 1875.
Cobain was even due to perform with Nirvana at Dublin’s RDS Arena a mere three days after he killed himself in April 1994.
Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain attends the opening of 'Growing Up Kurt', an exhibition featuring personal items from the Nirvana frontman. More images from the exhibit: https://t.co/kYJrMdo3r7 📷 @ClodaghKilcoyne pic.twitter.com/warcGWCNRW— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) July 18, 2018
The late singer had an affinity to Ireland, as his sister went on to explain.