On Feb. 20, 1967, the world changed forever when a man who would grow up to change music as the world knew it was born. Now fifty years later, we celebrate the long-lasting legacy of that same man: Kurt Cobain. It’s a name that everyone knows; the only conflicting viewpoint is what everyone knows him for. Some may know him for his powerful vocals or his gut-wrenching lyrics while others know him for his guitar riffs, or establishment of the grunge genre. Everyone can agree that there wasn’t much he couldn’t do and the world lost him much too soon.
Cobain was the lead singer and guitarist of the world-renowned band Nirvana. In addition to his instrumental and vocal gifts, he was a lyricist, poet, and artist. The guitar-heavy musical stylings of Nirvana paved the way for a whole new variety of rock music that would last long after Cobain’s death, but that is only one way that Cobain changed music as we know it. Let’s take a look to see just how different our lives would be without Kurt Cobain.