The suicide of Kurt Cobain, on April 5, 1994, was a defining
moment of music culture in the 1990s. It signaled the death not only of one
fantastically important musician, but of all the generational identity that had
been conferred on him by his legions of fans (and ... more just as many of his
detractors). To hear his songs, to see his image in photos and videos, to think
of all that lay ahead for him and his band, Nirvana, Cobain's death seemed equally unimaginable
and inevitable. His arrival felt like a minor revolution in popular culture. So
did his departure.