NIR­VANA

Twenty-five years af­ter Kurt Cobain’s death, his one-time man­ager re­flects on the con­tra­dic­tions that made the Nir­vana front­man a grunge icon – and ex­plains why the band’s only tour of Aus­tralia was a game changer Mem­o­ries of any of those who were clos­est

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - By DANNY GOLD­BERG

andthat his sui­cide was not a moral fail­ing, but the result of a men­tal ill­ness nei­ther he nor any­one around him was able to suc­cess­fully treat or cure. (I do not use the word “ill­ness” the way a doc­tor would but as a stand-in for a force that I be­lieve was be­yond any­one’s con­trol.)

I did not play mu­sic with Kurt or share his deep con­nec­tion to punk rock cul­ture, nor did I take drugs with him. How­ever, I worked for him on the prin­ci­pal cre­ative project of his life, a body of work that rein­vented rock’n’roll in global pop­u­lar cul­ture, and for many of his fans re­de­fined mas­culin­ity as well.

Kurt had splits in his per­son­al­ity. He was a de­pres­sive, a junkie, a cre­ative ge­nius. He could be bit­terly sar­cas­tic or

de­spair­ing, but he also had a deeply ro­man­tic streak and con­fi­dence in the ex­cel­lence of his art. Kurt was a slob and main­tained a goofy sense of hu­mour. He liked the same junk food he ate as a kid, and to wear py­ja­mas dur­ing the day. Yet his slacker af­fect of­ten ob­scured a highly so­phis­ti­cated in­tel­lect.

Kurt had con­tempt for those who dis­re­spected him, and he could be grumpy and un­pleas­ant when he was in pain, but most of the time he ex­uded a gra­cious­ness rare in ge­niuses or stars. He was (dare I say it?) a nice guy most of the time.

There is a photo of Kurt and me taken on March 6, 1992, at a con­cert in Los An­ge­les. Nir­vana’s break­through al­bum Nev­er­mind had come out the pre­vi­ous

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