ReThink Review: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

April 24, 2015 6:19 PM

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The moment I learned of Kurt Cobain's death is among those very rare flashbulb memories I've accumulated in my life. I was visiting a college in Minnesota with my mom, and as we walked through a gym full of exercise equipment, I heard just the tail end of a news story on a radio somewhere in the echoing facility reporting "...found dead in his Seattle home of an apparent suicide." I didn't hear the name of the deceased, and the owner of the radio hadn't been listening closely enough to tell me who it was. But for some reason I still can't explain, I had a sinking feeling that it was Kurt. I rushed over to our rental car and turned on the radio, first scanning for rock stations until my mom suggested that a news station made more sense. She was right, and I was crushed when I heard the sad news confirmed.

I was scheduled to stay overnight in a dorm room, and perhaps the second sentence out of my mouth to the two students hosting me was "Did you hear about Kurt Cobain?" I naturally assumed they would share my shock and grief to be experiencing such a tragically seminal moment in the history of music, ...

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