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Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was a reluctant hero who spoke to his generation

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was a reluctant hero who spoke to his generation

It’s been 22 years since the suicide of rock icon Kurt Cobain, and his legend continues to loom large, with Nirvana inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and a documentary about the musician released in 2015. Here’s an appreciation of the artist we published on April 9, 1994, just days after his death: 

Kurt Cobain hated being called a spokesman for a generation -- even though he was.

His tales of youthful alienation, especially the massive 1991 hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit," changed the direction of contemporary rock, but Cobain didn't feel he was worthy of being a hero.

A deeply sensitive man blessed with a songwriting...

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