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Cobain Honours Rejected By Hometown

Written by Barnaby Smith on August 1, 2011

Last month it was reported that a furore in Kurt Cobain‘s home town has erupted over plans to rename both a bridge and a park in the late Nirvana frontman’s honour. The council in Aberdeen, Washington were waiting on the result of a City Council meeting to get approval from residents to make the name-changes. Now, the residents and officials of Aberdeen have firmly quashed the notion with the City Council voting 10-1 against the changes.

The AP reports that at the meeting last week, eight Aberdeen citizens and a few council members spoke against the proposed changes, with some concerned that memorials to Cobain are inappropriate due to his drug use and suicide.

The Young Street Bridge in Aberdeen, currently named after Alexander Young, was proposed to become the Kurt Cobain bridge, with Spinner reporting that it was this bridge that a young Cobain slept under – an experience that provided the inspiration for the Nirvana song Something In The Way.

When the results of the vote were announced at the meeting, the audience are reported to have applauded. The council did, however, allow Cobain a rather less grand memorial, with a small area of land near the bridge, which crosses the Wishkah river, now known as Cobain Landing.

 

 

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