The animated interview with Kurt Cobain about adolescence, anger and pain

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Blank on Blank is a YouTube channel that you will probably start to love soon: its mission is to create animated videos that give life to historical interviews made to popular music artists on music, cinema and art in general. The channel is online since 2012 and it published dozens of videos, covering names such as Jim Morrison, Heath Ledger, Stephen King, David Bowie, Martin Scorsese and many others. One of their best video-interviews is the one below, based on a conversation Kurt Cobain had in 1993, when he was 26, one year before he committed suicide.

The interview raises several interesting topics that let us understand his character. He talks about his parents’ divorce, which was a crucial moment in his childhood. He explains the anger and alienation he felt as a teenager, with meaningful sentences: “When I was young, I listened to Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, and I really enjoyed their melodies. It took me some years to realize that a lot of it had to do with sexism. The just wrote about their c**ts and having sex. And I was just starting to understand what really was pissing me off so much. In those last couple of years of high school I met punk rock and everything just fit together like a puzzle.”

At the question “Did you have problem with people thinking that you are gay?” he replies: “Yes. I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution of my problems. But I’ve never experimented with it. I had a gay friend, but then my mother didn’t allow it. Because… because she is homophobic.”

The interview ends with Kurt Cobain talking about the anger he feels inside, describing it as a physical pain in his stomach. But then he says that he feels better, after he got married and his daughter was born. “My mental state, my physical state is almost cured 100%” he confirms. It was July 22, 1993. Eight months later, his body was found dead in his Seattle apartment.

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