The October issue of Uncut features a photo of Kurt Cobain on the cover, and the magazine features a series of articles about the Seattle grunge scene that took off fifteen years ago. There are interviews with Eddie Vedder, Mark Arm, Mark Lanegan and many more.
Here’s a sidebar piece appearing next to the article about Cobain:
“I love myself and I want to live”
We imagine an alternative future where Kurt hadn’t died…
May 1994 Kurt leaves rehab, declares himself a changed man, puts Nirvana on hold. Rumours begin to circulate that he has suffered a motorcycle crash on his Seattle estate.
November 1994 Unplugged In New York is announced as Nirvana’s “final” album. Kurt breaks his silence with a guest appearance on Neil Young’s new album, Sleeps With Angels.
January 1995 Kurt divorces Courtney Love, citing ongoing “drug and lifestyle issues.”
March 1996 Kurt releases his debut solo album, recorded in Nashville, but his new born-again Christian country-rock direction fiercely divides fans. Inspired by his 12-step rehab and newly positive outlook, the album, I Love Myself And I Want To Live, sells poorly.
October 1997 Dropped by Geffen records for poor sales, Kurt announces his retirement from the music industry and claims he is looking for work as a janitor.
February 1998 Kurt is spotted holidaying in the Bahamas with actress Nicole Kidman. Their alleged affair will later be blamed for Kidman’s divorce from Tom Cruise.
July 1999 Kurt releases a new solo album on his own label and plays Woodstock ’99. He helps to calm rioting fans but almost comes to blows with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst.
September 2000 In response to Kurt’s scathing comments about his misogyny and homophobia, Eminem disses the grunge godfather onstage. As a result, sales of Kurt’s solo albums enjoy a surge in popularity.
November 2000 Nirvana surprise the world by putting their differences n hold for a one-off reunion tour to mobilize the anti-Bush vote. Kurt dedicates “Negative Creep” to Bush at every show. The massive sell-out tour is later credited with helping Al Gore wind the White House by a narrow margin.
October 2002 Kurt digs out and finishes a couple of sketchy old songs for Nirvana’s best-selling career retrospective, Heart Shaped Box. He then shocks the world by marrying Amanda de Cadenet.
May 2005 Kurt makes his acting debut playing “asshole art dealer” in Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, a semi-abstract meditation on Andy Warhol’s death.
July 2005 Kurt and Dave Grohl hug on stage during a mixed set of Nirvana and Foo Fighters songs at Live8 in London. “This is more important than any beef between us,” they say.
March 2006 Kurt delivers a stripped-down acoustic album, produced by Rick Rubin. The record is widely hailed as a return to classic form. His new internet radio show, Drivetime with The KC, also becomes a huge success.
September 2006 In Martin Scorsese’s epic documentary profile of Kurt, Stupid And Contagious, the goatee-bearded singer gives a shifty and selective account of his career. It is hailed as a masterpiece. Kurt is bigger than ever.
Buy the magazine to read the rest of the articles. In it you’ll find this quote from Mark Arm:
“Kurt was taking all kinds of pills and shit. He was asking how I’d quit, and I said you have to want it bad enough. I should have also said: ‘You should get away from your junkie wife.'”
The magazine always comes with a CD featuring mostly new music, and this month’s CD includes a song off the upcoming Sparklehorse CD that for some reason hasn’t yet been released in the U.S.