Twenty years ago today, my generation’s biggest and most important rock star was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kurt Cobain was 27.
Here’s Cobain at his most intense, doing the closer for the Unplugged session in New York City. Something absolutely guttural comes out of his lungs at the 4:30 mark and when he opens those impossibly pained blue eyes to finish out the final note, you can’t help but get the chills.
This was filmed in November of 1993, just a few months before the end.