WBEZ | Stop Smiling http://www.wbez.org/tags/stop-smiling Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Before Kurt Cobain was famous http://www.wbez.org/story/kurt-cobain-was-famous <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/Kurt picture.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Do you remember where you were when Kurt Cobain committed suicide? Ok I know it&lsquo;s no Kennedy assassination, but for those of us who came of age in the early &lsquo;90s, it was a cultural moment. I was in middle school at the time, and I remember that girl on the school bus with the purple hair looking so, so sad.</p> <div>Emily White&rsquo;s book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Will-Make-Money-Your-Sleep/dp/0743259963">You Will Make Money in Your Sleep</a> is set before all that. Before the suicide, before the <i>Spin</i> magazine covers and the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg">MTV videos</a>. Before Kurt was Kurt.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>White&rsquo;s husband was the general manager of <a href="http://www.subpop.com/">Sub Pop</a>, the indie label that put out Nirvana&rsquo;s first record and then put out <i>Nevermind</i>. As part of her tale, White chronicles the surreal moment when people at Sub Pop realized that &ldquo;the world loved Kurt&rdquo; and that the so-called Seattle sound could be turned into a brand.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio posted above, White paints a haunting portrait of the artist on the eve of <em><span>Nevermind</span></em>&rsquo;s release &ndash; before he was a legend undone by his own fame. White was recorded by <a href="../../../../../amplified">Chicago Amplified</a> at <a href="../../../../../episode-segments/you-will-make-money-your-sleep">a 2007 reading</a> produced by <a href="http://www.stopsmilingonline.com/">Stop Smiling</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range </a>showcases hidden gems unearthed from </em><em>Chicago Amplified</em>'s<em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. </em><em>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278">here</a> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast, and click <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/you-will-make-money-your-sleep">here</a> for the full reading by author Emily White. </em></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 23:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/kurt-cobain-was-famous