His angst propelled Nirvana to super stardom. But it was also the source of the troubles in his life that would ultimately lead to his self-inflicted death at age 27. He struggled with several issues from an early age.
Cobain was a child of divorce. He was also homeless for periods of his life and a drug addict for years before his death. Without going through such struggles, it's hard to imagine his music would have been what it was. But music wasn't the only place he expressed himself creatively.
Cobain was deeply personal and expressive with his lyrics. He also manages to evoke similar emotions through his paintings. One can't help but feel his sense of isolation and distrust of the world in this work.
There's something morbid but hilarious about this. The fact the last panel ends with the word "Satan" scrawled dozens of times is funny. As if some parents weren't worried enough when their kids listened to grunge. Imagine if they saw what their children's hero was scribbling in his free time.
Kurt Cobain was an avid fan of music of all types. Here is a very impressive rendition of Eddie, the mascot of Iron Maiden. It's fun to see the most famous grunge star of all time enjoyed one of the most famous power metal bands.
Throughout all of his struggles, there was always the music. You can see from this depiction of one of his signature left-handed guitars how much it meant to him. It was what kept him going for as long as he did.
The rock and roll lifestyle sadly only enabled Cobain's bad habits. But in the short time he had on Earth, he made a huge impact on millions. He continues making an impact long after he's gone, His legacy has been shared and reimagined in many ways.
Many talented artists' demons eventually get the better of them. It's hard to fathom how those we look up to who seemingly have it all could be so miserable. It just goes to show that it could happen to anyone. If you're going through a rough time, know you don't have to go through it alone. Help is out there. Please seek it out.