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Irish museum to host exhibition on Nirvana star's life

Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain is seen on December 24, 1986 Photo: Reuters
Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain is seen on December 24, 1986 Photo: Reuters
Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain in 1986 in images which will form part of an exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photo: Reuters
Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain died in 1994 aged 27

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The jumper worn by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain in the video for 1991 hit 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is to go on display in Ireland.

Various other unseen items from Cobain's life, such as drawings and the only car he ever owned, will also be exhibited at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style.

The 'Growing Up Kurt Cobain Exhibition' will open on July 19 and run until September 30.

It will be launched by the singer's mother Wendy O'Connor, sisters Kim Cobain and Olivia O'Connor and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

Cobain's ancestors emigrated to the US from Carrickmore, Co Tyrone, in 1875 and his family hope the exhibition will celebrate his Irish heritage.

The singer took his own life in 1994 aged 27.

Daughter Frances said she was "ecstatic" that the family's memory of Cobain "gets to be celebrated with Nirvana fans the world over".

The grunge band sold millions of albums worldwide. Other items on display next month include an MTV Video award for 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' which Cobain used as a doorstop.

His powder-blue 1965 Dodge Charger car and some childhood toys are among the exhibits.

William Doyle, owner of the museum, said: "We expect this exhibition of Kurt's life to be one of our greatest exhibitions curated by our museum."

'Teen Spirit' began as a taunt scrawled on Cobain's bedroom wall by Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna.

Irish Independent

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