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Cobain Home Town Honour Faces Opposition

Written by Barnaby Smith on July 15, 2011

An argument has broken out in the hometown of Kurt Cobain over plans to name a major bridge and public park after the deceased Nirvana frontman.

The Music Network reports that Aberdeen City Council in Washington (not Maryland, as their story states) is waiting on approval from residents to change the existing Young Street Bridge to the Kurt Cobain Bridge, as well as a small park in the locale to Cobain Landing.

The problems have arisen due to some Aberdeen denizens citing Cobain’s drug abuse and suicide as reasons not to honour the singer in this way. The opposition to the plan will make their case at a City Council meeting on July 27.

KXRO, the local radio station in Aberdeen, said, “up until now, the City of Aberdeen has been slow to memorialize Cobain due to his suicide, drug use and negative comments about his hometown.”

Though known as a famous resident of Seattle, Cobain was born and went to school in Aberdeen, a small town to Seattle’s southwest. Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic also hailed from Aberdeen.

The town has previously recognised Cobain by having ‘come as you are’ written on a welcome sign as you drive into town.

The kerfuffle over the the naming of the bridge and park is the second time in a month a musician’s past has gotten in the way of tributes in their home town, with some residents of St Louis unimpressed at the prospect of a statue honouring Chuck Berry, due to his crimes in years gone by.

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