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May 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Courtney Love: Kurt Cobain didn’t write marriage-vow note, I did

A portion of the note Courtney Love says she wrote for Kurt Cobain in 1991. For the full note click here (warning: explicit language)

A portion of the note Courtney Love says she wrote for Kurt Cobain in 1991. For the full note click here (warning: explicit language)

On Monday, CBS News ran a report headlined “Kurt Cobain death-scene note mocks vows to Courtney Love.” The story has since appeared or been aggregated on hundreds of other media websites.

However, in an email Friday to The Seattle Times, Love said that she, not Cobain, wrote the note and that it dates from 1991, not 1994, when Cobain died by suicide.

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March 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

What does Nirvana mean to you? Share your memories with us

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

With the 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death on April 5, and the induction of Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following Thursday, April 10, we reached out to acquaintances of the band, cultural figures and fellow musicians to get their personal impressions of Nirvana and their legacy.

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton remembers Cobain’s “striking blue eyes.” Photographer Alice Wheeler recalls seeing the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video for the first time. Graphic designer Art Chantry tells the story of hearing “Nevermind” before it came out. Rapper Black Cobain told us about listening to Nirvana in a childhood neighborhood dominated by hip hop. And local musician Michael Benjamin Lerner, of Telekinesis, explains what it’s like to cover “On a Plain.” (Read the whole article here.)

Their accounts, and others, will be published Sunday, March 30, both in print and online. We want to know your recollections, impressions and stories about what Nirvana meant to you. About what you remember most vividly. Submit using the form below (email addresses are not published), and we’ll collect the responses and run them online this week.

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Comments | Topics: Kurt Cobain, Nevermind, Nirvana

March 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Come As You Are: A panel discussion with Nirvana experts

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Experience Music Project will host A panel discussion on April 6 with Charles R. Cross (Cobain biographer and author), Charles Peterson (photographer), Jack Endino (producer and musician) and Bruce Pavitt (co-founder of Sub Pop) with host Jacob McMurray, EMP’s Senior Curator of “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.” The group will share stories about the legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana along with video and audio clips.

Admission to the panel discussion, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. at EMP, is free.

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Bruce Pavitt, Charles Peterson, Charles R. Cross

February 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Aberdeen’s first Kurt Cobain Day to be held next week

Aberdeen is finally getting ready to honor its native son.

Aberdeen added "Come As You Are," the title of a Nirvana song, to the city's "Welcome" sign in 2005. On February 20, the city will celebrate the first "Kurt Cobain Day" (Gillian G. Gaar)

Aberdeen added “Come As You Are,” the title of a Nirvana song, to the city’s “Welcome” sign in 2005. On February 20, the city will celebrate the first “Kurt Cobain Day.” (Gillian G. Gaar)

This past Wednesday, the city’s mayor, Bill Simpson, proclaimed Thursday, February 20, as Kurt Cobain Day, “in recognition of his artistic achievements,” in the words of the official proclamation. “Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.”

It would have been Cobain’s 47th birthday. Nirvana’s lead singer and creative force committed suicide at his Seattle home on April 5, 1994.

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February 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

The little-known link between Shirley Temple Black and the Melvins

Who would ever guess that there was a connection between iconic child star Shirley Temple Black, who died this past February 10 at age 85, and the godfathers of grunge, one-time Pacific Northwest residents the Melvins?

The Melvins' 1992 major label debut, "Houdini," featured contributions from Lori Lorax (Shirley Temple Black's daughter) and Kurt Cobain. (Atlantic Records)

The Melvins’ 1992 major label debut, “Houdini,” featured contributions from Lori Lorax (Shirley Temple Black’s daughter) and Kurt Cobain. (Atlantic Records)

Yet odd as it may seem, Melvins lead singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne dated Black’s youngest daughter, Lori, for four years, during which time, under the name “Lori Lorax,” she also played bass with the group.

Osborne first met Black when the Melvins recorded their first album, “Gluey Porch Treatments,” in the San Francisco Bay Area in late 1986; Black was then dating the album’s producer, Mark Deutrom (who would later join the Melvins himself).

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December 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis nominated for 7 Grammy awards

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Carlo Allegri / Allegri Invision / AP

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Carlo Allegri / Allegri Invision / AP

Pop music pundits were predicting that the Seattle rap team of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would show up in Friday’s Grammy award announcement, but few expected the duo to rake in seven nominations.

Even fewer expected the members of Nirvana, whose singer Kurt Cobain has been dead for 19 years, to get a nomination, as well.

But that’s how it came down.

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November 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Nirvana in Europe, 1989 | Book review and author appearance

Colosseum1NIRV-frontIn November 1989, Sub Pop Records co-founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman headed to Europe to see how three of the label’s bands — Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad — were faring on their overseas tours. Fortuitously, Pavitt brought along his Olympus pocket camera to document the trip.

What Pavitt ended up capturing was, he said, “a true turning point in the international stature of the Seattle music scene.” This was two years before Nirvana’s explosive success in the fall of 1991 with the release of its major label debut, “Nevermind.”

Pavitt’s photos first appeared in “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe 1989,” a self-published e-book that came out last year. The book was then picked up by Brooklyn-based publisher Bazillion Points, which is reissuing it in physical form this month.

Pavitt will read from the book and sign copies at a release party Saturday at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in Georgetown. Seattle photographer Charles Peterson will D.J., and prints of Pavitt’s photos will be auctioned, the proceeds benefiting Seattle’s all-ages club The VERA Project.

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November 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM

’27′ explores links between Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse

“27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse” Howard Sounes Da Capo Press, $26.99 “The 27 Club” is the name given to the alleged phenomenon of the unusually high number of musical performers who have died at age 27. In “27,” Howard…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin