Kurt Cobain: Suicide, Gender Politics, and Controversial Death
Kurt Cobain Don’t Have a Gun?
When it was announced that a local rock star had committed suicide with a shotgun, shock ran through the Seattle music scene. Almost immediately, the FBI began receiving letters asking them to investigate the death.
Cobain was on his way out of rehab when he bought the gun and told his friend he wanted it for protection from prowlers. Was that really the case?
Why did he write the song?
Kurt Cobain was a huge champion of underground punk bands, especially those with female frontmen. His love of the genre inspired him to write about gender politics and masculinity. He also had a strong sense of empathy for those who felt oppressed by the mainstream culture.
As a teenager, Cobain was disillusioned with his home town of Aberdeen. He moved to Seattle, where he found himself suffocated by the music scene’s cliquishness and snobbery. He was able to find more acceptance in the Seattle rock community by becoming a part of Nirvana.
He wrote this song as a protest against the sexism of the music scene. He was particularly angry at the treatment of women, as he had experienced this himself with his girlfriend Courtney Love. He also expressed his disgust at the sexual violence and misogyny that he witnessed on a regular basis in the streets of Seattle. He used the perspective of the rapist in this song to make it all the more unsettling and disturbing for listeners.
Why did he commit suicide?
Many people believe that Kurt Cobain committed suicide because he was suffering from depression and a substance abuse problem. Friends and family had been concerned about his drug use and mental illness for years.
Cobain had a history of depression and was also taking several prescription drugs, including antidepressants and painkillers. The combination of these substances could lead to an overdose.
He was also battling chronic health problems and a tumultuous marriage to Courtney Love. In 1994, they were living in a lakefront mansion in Seattle’s wealthy Denny-Blaine neighborhood. The couple had a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and their wealth was growing.
A few months before his death, Cobain had a domestic dispute with Love. During this incident, she told police that she believed her husband was suicidal. Police then confiscated three guns found at the house. They included the shotgun that Cobain bought from Carlson.
Why did he leave a suicide note?
Cobain’s infamous suicide note has been the subject of much speculation in the years since his death. Many have seen it as a cry for help, while others believe it was a statement of defiance against the music industry. Whatever the case, it is a haunting and moving reminder of the struggles that many artists face.
The night before his death, Cobain bought a shotgun from Stan’s Gun Shop in Seattle. He then barricaded himself in the greenhouse above his garage by propping a stool against its French doors. He then dug into a cigar box and found his drug stash. He also penned a one-page note addressed to his childhood imaginary friend, Boddah.
The police believe that Cobain injected himself with heroin, packed away his drugs in a box, rolled down his sleeve and then shot himself with the shotgun. However, experts have disputed this theory. They claim that it would have been impossible for Cobain to hold the gun while injecting himself with heroin.
Why did he buy a gun?
Despite Kurt Cobain’s claim that he never carried a gun, police confiscated several of his weapons in March 1994 after a domestic dispute. He asked a friend to buy him a shotgun, but did not want it registered in his name. He said that he wanted it for protection against prowlers and trespassers on his property.
The shotgun was a Remington Model 11 loaded with 20-gauge birdshot. The bullet went through Cobain’s head, but his skull was not blown apart. That’s why the official cause of death was suicide.
However, there are many inconsistencies with this official story. For example, the shotgun wasn’t examined by police until a month after Cobain’s death. When it was, the only fingerprints found on it were unidentifiable smudges. It’s possible that the force of the gunshot wiped down all other prints. Also, the shotgun would have been difficult for Cobain to operate with his hands shaky from heroin use.