16 Quotes From The Troubled Mind Of Kurt Cobain

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16 Quotes From The Troubled Mind Of Kurt Cobain

16 Quotes From The Troubled Mind Of Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was never cut out for the superstardom that hit him after his band, Nirvana, changed the landscape of music in the early 90s. The troubled rocker never got comfortable with fame, and rarely got comfortable in his own private life. Here are 16 interesting, introspective, telling quotes from Kurt Cobain…

1. “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, 11/18/93. Photo by Frank Micelotta.  *** Special Rates Apply *** Call for Rates ***

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, 11/18/93. Photo by Frank Micelotta. *** Special Rates Apply *** Call for Rates ***

2. “Punk is musical freedom. It’s saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster’s terms, ‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that’s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.”

3. “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.”

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

4. “My body is damaged from music in two ways. I have a red irritation in my stomach. It’s psychosomatic, caused by all the anger and the screaming. I have scoliosis, where the curvature of your spine is bent, and the weight of my guitar has made it worse. I’m always in pain, and that adds to the anger in our music.”

5. “There’s nothing better than having a baby. I’ve always loved children. I used to work summers at the YMCA and be in charge of, like, 30 preschool kids. I knew that when I had a child, I’d be overwhelmed, and it’s true… I can’t tell you how much my attitude has changed since we’ve got Frances. Holding my baby is the best drug in the world.”

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6. “The worst crime is faking it.”

7. “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all.”

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8. “I thought I would try to be gay for a while, but I’m just more sexually attracted to women. But I’m really glad that I found a few gay friends, because it totally saved me from becoming a monk or something.”

9. “I wanted to have the adoration of John Lennon but have the anonymity of Ringo Starr. I didn’t want to be a frontman. I just wanted to be back there and still be a rock and roll star at the same time.”

10. “I really miss being able to blend with people.”

August 1993 --- Singer Kurt Cobain Smoking Cigarette --- Image by ?Jesse Frohman/CORBIS OUTLINE

August 1993 — Singer Kurt Cobain Smoking Cigarette — Image by ?Jesse Frohman/CORBIS OUTLINE

11. “I didn’t know how to deal with success. If there was a Rock Star 101, I would have liked to take it. It might have helped me.”

12. “I don’t blame the average seventeen-year-old punk-rock kid for calling me a sellout. I understand that. And maybe when they grow up a little bit, they’ll realize there’s more things to life than living out your rock & roll identity so righteously.”

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13. “Looking back on the production of ‘Nevermind,’ I’m embarrassed by it now. It’s closer to a Motley Crue record than it is a punk rock record.”

14. “I’m not well-read, but when I read, I read well.”

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15. “When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band – or at least in a Pixies cover band.”

16. “Ever since the beginning of rock and roll, there’s been an Axl Rose. And it’s just boring. It’s totally boring to me.”

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