Nineteen years ago today (April 5), Kurt Cobain’s short life came to a sudden, tragic end. In 1994, the Nirvana frontman, at age 27, took his own life in the greenhouse of his Seattle home. Since then, devoted fans have wondered what would have happened if Cobain hadn’t died — even Courtney Love has offered her own take on that alternate reality — and we here at SPIN have honored the man, music, and myth at the heart of Nirvana many times over.
We’ve collected years of exclusive SPIN content dedicated to Nirvana and their immeasurable impact on our culture. Find it all below, followed by Nirvana’s breathtaking rendition of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” from their legendary MTV Unplugged performance.
What Nevermind Means to Me, featuring Eddie Vedder, Wayne Coyne, Dave Grohl, and more sharing their personal histories with Nirvana’s classic second album
Kurt Cobain Scrapbook, collecting images of Kurt through the years, as we ran them in the pages of SPIN
Eight Myths About Nevermind, in which Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross answers two decades of burning questions
Heaven Can’t Wait, SPIN’s January 1992 Nirvana cover story
Smashing Their Heads on the Punk Rock, SPIN’s October 1993 Nirvana cover story
Grunge’s European Invasion: Intimate Photos From Nirvana’s 1989 Tour
“Experiencing Nirvana”: Sub Pop Co-Founder Revisits Defining 1989 Tour
“Weird Al” Yankovic Looks Back at 20 Years of “Smells Like Nirvana”
Blame Nirvana: The 40 Weirdest Post-‘Nevermind’ Major-Label Albums