Michael Stipe Reveals ‘Transition’ Kurt Cobain Was Going Through Just Before Death


Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe discussed Kurt Cobain in a new Dazed article. Read an excerpt below:

Having flown the college rock flag for a number of years, and crystalised their alternative rock credentials on Out of Time, Automatic for the People found R.E.M. at their nuanced and restrained best. Despite the odd contrarian fan jumping ship, the band’s evolution from southern US alternative heroes to major league masters was complete. Stipe’s good friend Kurt Cobain was just one artist who recognised the legitimacy of the band’s metamorphosis. Speaking to Rolling Stone in early 1994, the Nirvana frontman said, “I know we’re gonna put out one more record, at least, and I have a pretty good idea what it’s going to sound like: pretty ethereal, acoustic, like Automatic for the People. If I could write just a couple of songs as good as what they’ve written… I don’t know how that band does what they do. God, they’re the greatest. They’ve dealt with their success like saints, and they keep delivering great music.”

While Nirvana never managed to make that album, Cobain’s affirmation spoke volumes. “I had forgotten that he’d said that,” Stipe says. “I really wished that he had lived. Kurt was a great songwriter and he was also in a steady transition. As an artist, he had reached the end of one thing and was ready to explore the next phase. But he didn’t make it, sadly.”

  • GS Page

    stipe was screwing courtney love right before she had kurt killed.

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  • ricky_fitts

    As much as I like Nirvana and many of Kurt’s songs, I disagree with Stipe here.
    “A lot of people forget Kurt Cobain had a major drug overdose in Rome on March 3rd, 1994. He left a suicide note
    and then OD’d on Rohypnol mixed with champagne. It’s a miracle he
    survived. He was in a coma for 20 hours. From what I’ve read, he
    wasn’t the same person after that incident. His close friends thought
    he had brain damage.”

    • Martin Fetter

      Well, you quoted a random person’s take from a forum. This person was commenting on (like an idiot) a bunch of quotes from a Justice for Kurt website (one that subscribes to the murder conspiracy). These quotes are all out of context and were used to push a narrative I’d be suspect to. In other words, this is some BS.

      • ricky_fitts

        No need to compare someone you don’t even know to an idiot. For my part, I can assure you I am critical of every narrative. The relevant quotes are by Krist Novoselic and Dylan Carlson, you’ll find them in many books (e.g. Heavier than heaven) and there is no other context. I think it’s possible to appreciate a musician’s legacy without romanticising too much.

  • Jayne Dhoe

    He’s delivering his factual experience. What is there to disagree with? And yes, Kurt was murdered: Soaked in Bleach. Watch it.