Carrie Borzillo, 23 at the time, had just arrived in Seattle for what was supposed to be a festive few days when she heard the news that would send shock waves through the Pacific Northwest and the world.
"I'll never forget where I was when I heard the news that Kurt Cobain died," recalled Carrie. "I had just flown up from Los Angeles to attend Sub Pop Records' 6th anniversary party. I was an editor at Billboard magazine at the time. What started as a party weekend, turned into covering the biggest story of my career," she added.
A few years later, Carrie received a phone call that would forever link her to the infamous frontman.
"Fast forward to 1999, I get a call from Carlton Books in the U.K. wanting me to write a timeline-format, oral history book on the band, originally titled Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day by Day Chronicle," remembered Carrie. She continued, "My former editor at Billboard recommended me for the job. My first thought was, "You want me to do WHAT?" The idea of documenting the band's every move was a daunting task to say the least. I literally worked 12-15 hour days - often in my pajamas and without showering. I even started having dreams that Kurt Cobain was talking to me."
With the 20th anniversary re-release of her book, Carrie looks to honor Cobain's memory by helping those battling demons similar to the ones faced by the late icon himself.
"I'm offering signed copies of my book on my website for $25 ($35 for International) and all of the profits will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention," noted Carrie, who continued, revealing why she chose that particular charity:
"I want to bring more awareness to mental health issues and suicide prevention, in particular, to honor Kurt's legacy and to do a small part in helping others. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention does great work and I hope I can raise some money for them. In my personal life, I have been exposed to drug addiction, mental health issues, and even suicidal thoughts, so these are issues that are personally very important to me and this anniversary is a great opportunity to raise awareness for these issues."
Click here to purchase a signed copy of Nirvana: In the Words of the People Who Were There with the profits going to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.