Kurt Cobain died 22 years ago today. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, the misinformation, rumors, alleged cover ups, and conflicting accounts of his last days have lead many to believe that Kurt was killed by his wife, Courtney Love. With an estate worth millions of dollars, rampant conspiracy theories were grimly predictable.
This performance was recorded on November 18, 1993. A little over 4 months later on April 5th, and two days after Courtney filed a fake police report claiming to be Kurt’s mother and insisting that he was suicidal, he would be found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the outskirts of Seattle.
Controversy and speculation about an affair surrounded Courtney Love and Michael Stipe almost from the beginning, with the REM singer Stipe later admitting that Courtney had stayed the night with him one night. This turned out to be one of the least substantive stories around the saga.
Dubious theories aside, Kurt Cobain delivers what is arguably one of the most haunting performances on the entire internets, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”, his interpretation of “Black Girl” by his proclaimed “favorite performer” Leadbelly. A viral video in waiting, over a decade before the term was coined, and when the only means of dissemination were excited whispers in school and breathlessly waiting for reruns on MTV.
Edited by Alex Stephens