The fascination with the life and death of grunge rocker Kurt Cobain has proven that in spite of Portland’s hip sophistication, there is still a lot of romance left in self destruction, especially when the one destroying himself, is young, beautiful, white and wealthy.
In the past two decades, theories about why Mr. Cobain killed himself, if someone else killed him or if his death was in fact a hoax, have been debated upon at great length on the internet and in coffee houses around the globe.
On Monday, April 28th at 7:30 PM, Powell’s City of Books will host Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross who will discuss his book Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain.
The book attempts to explain why Cobain’s death still matters twenty years after it happened. It examines Mr. Cobain’s influence on fashion, heroin addiction treatment and suicide awareness.
Mr. Cross is a Seattle based journalist who was the editor of the grunge rock magazine The Rocket for fifteen years. He is the author of the Cobain biography Heavier than Heaven which is considered by critics to be one of the best books written about the Nirvana front man.
The event is sponsored by Music Millennium.