PLAYLIST: Happy 50th, Kurt Cobain – from his ‘Journals’

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Growing up I was a massive Nirvana fan, though Kurt Cobain passed away when I wasn’t even six years old. I had two older brothers, so I followed their lead on musical tastes — though sharing a room with the both of them left me no choice. That meant I was big into the ’90s grunge movement, but Nirvana was always tops.

Kurt Cobain would have been 50 years old today, so in an effort to celebrate him a little bit, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist from songs listed in his famed notebooks that were published as Journals. My older brother got me this book when I was in high school, and it was a fascinating look inside the brain of Kurt Cobain during the Nirvana days. The HBO film Montage of Heck took things a step further and I implore you to check out the documentary if you haven’t already, as it really provides insight unlike any Nirvana film I’d ever seen before.

Included on this playlist are a live slowed-tempo version of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter,” The Zombies’ “Summertime,” Talking Heads’ “Don’t Worry About the Government” (kind of perfect since today is also President’s Day), Soundgarden’s “Hectic,” and The Bangles’ “Hazy Shade of Winter.” You can view the page from his journals below, along with the playlist for your listening pleasure.

Also on the day, Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain shared a personal note to her father on Instagram:

February 20th 2017. Happy Birthday.

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