'Kurt Cobain Day' Installed in Rock Legend's Hometown

February 20th dedicated to Nirvana frontman

Kurt Cobain
Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
January 23, 2014 5:35 PM ET

Kurt Cobain will be celebrated every year on his birthday by his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. Yesterday, Mayor Bill Simpson and the city council decided that February 20th will become "Kurt Cobain Day" annually.

"Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements," reads the city's proclamation, as reported by the local radio station KXRO Newsradio. The full document will be read aloud on February 12th, and Simpson has said it is possible that the event could turn into "Kurt Cobain Week" as plans develop.

Kurt Cobain and 14 More Rock & Roll Rebels

The proclamation also singles out the efforts of the Aberdeen Museum and many volunteers. Cobain has already been honored on the city's "Welcome To…" sign, which also bears the title of one of Nirvana's most famous songs, "Come As You Are."

Aberdeen's neighbor, Hoquiam, recently announced that they would celebrate Nirvana Day this year, with events planned for April 10th. While Cobain was born and raised in Aberdeen, he did briefly live in Hoquiam, which is located four miles away. "They bring great honor. . . to our entire community," Hoquiam mayor Jack Durney said. "And I think that it's good Kurt Cobain lived in Hoquiam for a little while, but he and Krist Novoselic are part of our community, and I think it's good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments."

Go Inside Nirvana's Road to the Rock and Roll of Fame

Also on April 10th, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Rondstadt. "I'd like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock & roll," said drummer Dave Grohl after the announcement. "Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock & roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist [Noveselic], without whom I would not be here today."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

More Song Stories entries »