October 24, 2002

Kurt Cobain's Journals Being Published

Newsweek is publishing an article this week to hype the November 4th release of a newly published collection of Kurt Cobain's private journals, printed lyrics, and other random scribblings, imaginitively entitled Journals. I was a pretty hardcore fan when he died, and delved deeper into the fandom for up to a couple years after his death - trying to get my hands on any recordings, reading every article printed, purchasing the Rolling Stone commemorative book, learning all the songs on guitar (I already knew them all on the drums). The MTV Unplugged album was on heavy rotation on my cd player for about 2 years straight.

Kurt Cobain became something so far removed from a human being for me. As a fan, I made excuses for his flaws, his humanity, and put him up on a pedestal. I aspired towards his talents.

And then it subsided. The MTV Unplugged album is still, come to think of it, in my Top 5 Albums, but I haven't listened to it in at least a year. And I'm not a fixture on the fansites and message boards - I don't even know where to find them. The posters on the walls have long since come down, and the magazines and books have been stashed away. The Cobain-designed Fender Jag-Stang guitar has been safely stored in the closet, I might sell it, if I ever needed the money (where once I wouldn't dream of ever parting with it). And I don't believe I'll be purchasing this issue of Newsweek, or the book it's hyping - not because I have some strong disagreement with the ethics involved in printing someone's private journals, nor because I've become frugal in my advancing age (that is definitely not the case!)... I'm not really sure why, come to think of it.


posted by julie at October 24, 2002 10:00 AM


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