Wednesday, August 19, 2015

“Don’t read my diary when I’m gone.”

Jeff Burlingame, Kurt Cobain Biographer: I Changed My Mind—Let’s Leave the Legend Alone

I wrote a biography about Kurt Cobain in 2006. Since then, I’ve come to the realization that it’s better to let his legacy lie because I believe he would have wanted it that way.

Dead celebrity exploitation – like what’s happening with Kurt — also is everywhere. We’ve even given dead celebrities a name, “delebs,” and they are a multi-billion-dollar business.

“Unfortunately, it matters very little what the facts are; what matters is what people believe,” Kurt’s good friend and mentor Buzz Osborne recently said.

From Cobain’s Journals: “The most violating thing I’ve felt this year is not the media exaggerations or the catty gossip, but the rape of my personal thoughts ripped out of pages from my stay in hospitals and aeroplane rides hotel stays etc.”
That’s the quote I’m citing — and basing my actions on — these days.

Extracts; source

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