Music fans have been reflecting all week about the 15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.

The first week of April 1994 was tumultuous for Seattle, with daily revelations about his suicide at the home in Denny-Blaine that he shared with wife Courtney Love. Thousands of fans gathered at Seattle Center to mourn the loss of one of rock’s most extraordinary performers.

But at a private memorial on April 10, Love and dozens of family members and friends gathered to pay their respects at the Unity Church of Truth near Denny Park.

I was fortunate enough to get an invitation to the service, and before I left a took a copy of a childhood photo left in the pews. When I turned it over to the P-I’s photo editor, the innocent-looking photo of a smiling, blond-haired boy circulated around the world via wire services.

The Rev. Stephen Towles described Cobain as a musician who lived a short life that was long on accomplishment.

“Kurt’s life has affected millions,” he said, “and not many people can say that.”

Read the entire story about the memorial from the P-I archives.

2 Replies to “Kurt Cobain anniversary”

  1. Wow, Gene. 15 years. Amazing to realize how time has passed. That was one awful, sad, strange Seattle spring.

    Do you remember the “commemorative paper plates” that Tom Phalen made for one of our pizza dinner meetings of the Society of Non-Professional Journalists at CC’s house? I still have one, in a frame.

    Great job, great website, great blog — I’m happy to see you acting so, well, professional.

  2. Mary, thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I’m actually excited about the future. No, I don’t remember Phalen’s plates. I’m intrigued. Cheers, Gene

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