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The unique connection between Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

The unique link between Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

In the last decades, Kurt Cobain and Neil Young shared a deep connection both as musicians and souls.

Neil Young is the rock giant of the ’60s and the ’70s. People consider him the “Godfather of Grunge” for his sound, attitude and free spirit.

The unique connection between Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

His style influenced many artists such as Radiohead, Oasis, Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, and, of course, Kurt Cobain! Cobain took inspiration from Young’s music and created his own genre. He is also celebrated as the “Godfather of Grunge”.

It is not a case that Cobain, in his dramatic letter before suicide in 1994, quoted a verse from a song by Young! The words are ‘it’s better to burn out quickly than fade out slowly’. The song is “My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” released by Young in 1979 and part of the live album “Rust Never Sleeps”.

Cobain wrote the letter to his imaginary friend “Boddha” and explained the reasons for his act. He felt guilty because music had stopped being a source of emotions, energy, and inspiration for too many years.

Cobain’s suicide was a terrible shock for Young. For years he refused to talk about it. Only in 2002, he released an interview with “The Guardian”. He was extremely sad.

At that time he tried to contact Cobain some weeks before his death, but he didn’t succeed. He would have told him to play concerts only when he really got inspired. He wanted to help his friend Kurt.

The unique connection between Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

A few months later, Young decided to dedicate a song to Cobain. He went to a studio in Los Angeles with his group Crazy Horse and wrote for him the song “Sleeps With Angels”.

Its words evoke a very sad and melancholic atmosphere. It will be forever the tribute of Neil Young to his friend Kurt Cobain!

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